The University of Maryland Eastern Shore president will step down in June, the college announced this week.
Juliette B. Bell said in a letter to the campus community that she wants to pursue other passions and spend more quality time with her family, including her five grandchildren.
“Though a difficult one, this is a decision I reached after much thought and prayer,” she wrote. “I believe there is a time and a season for all things.”
Bell, 62, assumed the presidency in 2012, becoming the fourth woman to lead the historically black institution.
University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret said that Bell “courageously guided the University of Maryland Eastern Shore through a time of profound change, both for that institution and for higher education.”
Under her leadership, he said, the university earned re-accreditation and improved its national ranking.
“Juliette never wavered in her passion for and dedication to UMES’ history and mission of providing student-centered educational opportunities that foster multicultural diversity, academic success, and intellectual and social growth while preparing graduates to address challenges in a global knowledge-based economy,” he said in a statement.
Caret said he will announce in the coming weeks a process by which to select the college’s next leader.