College of William & Mary Provost Michael R. Halleran will step down from his role at the end of the academic year and return to teaching, the university announced Wednesday.

Halleran, who was provost for 10 years, oversees the university’s academics and research. When he steps down, Halleran, 64, will be tied for the record of longest-tenured provost in William & Mary history.

“It has been a distinct honor and a real joy, to serve as its chief academic officer for the past decade,” Halleran said in a prepared statement. “It is a very rare school in its blend of teaching and research, and in how we provide a high-touch academic experience for our exceptional students with our remarkable faculty and staff.”

William & Mary, the second-oldest higher education institution in the U.S., is planning a national search to fill Halleran’s role, which he will vacate June 30, 2019.

Halleran plans to take a sabbatical year and then join the Department of Classical Studies in 2020 as a full-time member of its faculty. (He’s a Greek tragedy scholar.)

Before becoming the school’s fifth provost in 2009, Halleran was a faculty member at Connecticut College, the University of Washington and the University of Miami. He also was a dean at Washington and Miami.

“I won’t regret my decision, but I will miss many parts of the job,” he said. “At the end of the day, the faculty are the core of the university and the students are the reason we exist. I’m going to enjoy returning full time to both of them.”

In a news release announcing the move, William & Mary touted Halleran’s work on the school’s curriculum and international growth, among other things.

Over the past 10 years, William & Mary’s population of international students and scholars has tripled on campus.

Halleran made $428,220 in 2016-17, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch state salary database.

His stepping down coincides with new President Katherine Rowe taking over, which she did July 1.

“William & Mary will miss his leadership and I will miss his wise counsel,” Rowe said in a statement.

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Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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