The president of Eastern Illinois University says he'll retire in 2015, stepping down from the post when his contract expires next June. The 68 year old Bill Perry joined the Charleston university in 2007 after spending more than 30 years working at Texas A&M University. Perry says in a statement that he'll continue working to ``forge opportunities and meet our challenges'' while trustees search for a successor. School officials say they plan to conduct a national search to find a replacement for Perry, which they expect will begin this summer. Eastern Illinois has about 10,000 students.
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