ISU's president plans to retire


NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State University President Al Bowman says he plans to retire as soon as the university can pick a replacement.


Bowman's announcement Monday comes soon after he signed a four-year contract with a retention bonus to be paid at the end of the term.


In a message to the campus, Bowman cites health considerations as the cause of his departure. Bowman says his current condition is good, but he's been advised that stepping away from a high pressure position is the best thing he can do for his long-term health.


The 59-year-old administrator says he's asked Trustees Chairman Michael McCuskey to convene a special meeting of the board to begin the search for a successor.


Bowman became ISU's 17th President in March 2004.

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