The first African-American to lead an Ivy League university is stepping down.
Ruth J. Simmons announced Thursday she'll leave her position as Brown University's president at the end of the current academic year. She plans to continue teaching as a professor of comparative literature and Africana studies.
Simmons says in a statement her time leading the Providence, R.I., school was "deeply satisfying" but the time is right for new leadership.
Simmons became president in 2001. She joined the university after serving as president of Smith College in Northampton, Mass.