Augusta University Brooks Keel has announced he will retire at the end of the current school year.

“Serving as the president of Augusta University has been the capstone of my career and one of the greatest honors of my life,” said Keel, who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the university’s two legacy institutions, Augusta College and the Medical College of Georgia. “The decision to leave as so many wonderful things are happening at Augusta University is bittersweet, but I have always wanted to end my career on a high note, at a point when First Lady Tammie Schalue and I can most enjoy the next chapter of our lives together.”

Keel arrived at Augusta University during a critical time in the institution’s history. In 2013 the two legacy institutions, then known as Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University, merged into the short-lived Georgia Regents University, becoming Augusta University in 2015 following Keel’s appointment as president.

No word yet on the search for the university's next leader.