Updated: October 11, 2012 4:22PM
Northern Illinois University President John G. Peters announced Thursday he is stepping down next spring after 13 years at the helm.
He made his announcement during his annual state of the university address.
“I can’t express in words my love for this university and its people – for its faculty, staff and students who every day invigorate and inspire me,” Peters told the audience. “We’ve shared triumph and tragedy, and in some ways, I feel we’ve experienced an entire lifetime together. But a university presidency isn’t a lifetime appointment. ...
“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time as president of this great university,” he said. “But the main achievement over the last 13 years has been to shine a light on the great works of NIU faculty, staff and students. There hasn’t been one day that I haven’t felt supremely blessed to work alongside you.”
NIU is planning a national search to replace Peters.