San Diego State University (SDSU) President Elliot Hirshman announced Wednesday he will be leaving the university in June.
After six years at the university, Hirshman will be accepting a position as the president of Stevenson University in Maryland, according to the SDSU media team.
His last day at SDSU will be June 30. There will be a search for a replacement.
California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White said Hirshman's impact on SDSU will be felt for generations.
In a prepared news release, White said, "His focus on academic excellence and on life-changing educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds has contributed to SDSU’s emergence as a top public research university."
Hirshman's coming departure also follows a controversial incident last year--students protested and called for his resignation after his initial refusal to denounce anti-Islamic flyers that were found on campus.
“I think we’ve moved past that. We’ve had great communication on the campus with student groups coming together," said Mary Ruth Carlton, Vice President for University Relations and Development at SDSU. "I think it was a great opportunity for us to have more dialogue on the campus. I really think it made us a stronger university to have those discussions.”
She also added, "We will continue to have our aspirational goals to have student success, student graduation rates. I don’t expect that to change at all and I expect us to find another great president to continue what Elliot started."