University of Kansas chancellor announces retirement

University of Kansas Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway will retire from the post effective June 30.

At a news conference Monday, Hemenway said he will spend a year working on a book about intercollegiate athletics and American values before returning to the classroom to teach in 2010. Hemenway, 67, is an American literature scholar, specifically of African-American literature.

June will mark Hemenway's 14th year as chancellor, which he called "an unusually long tenure in these times."

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