ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer says she will retire in 2011.
Ulmer is a former lieutenant governor and in 2002 was the Democratic candidate for governor. She was defeated by Republican Frank Murkowski.
In a letter to UAA faculty and staff, Ulmer said there's a good team in place at the school and her departure in 18 months should not be disruptive.
She listed several things she hopes to accomplish and said some may be difficult in her current position.
Ulmer said she hopes to work on public policy issues in Alaska, either independently or affiliated with the university. She also cites family concerns, her husband's retirement and the birth of her first grandchild last year as reasons to make a change.