Bradley University President Gary Roberts is planning to retire in a year.

Roberts made the announcement Monday in an email, in which he said he would step down when his current contract expires in May, 2020.

Roberts is a 1970 graduate of Bradley and he said his decision is “bittersweet.”

“I love Bradley and all of the people I have worked with here. Despite the challenges that Bradley faces as higher education is disrupted and transitions its business model, I am optimistic about Bradley’s future, and I still hope to be a part of it,” he said in his email.

He is the 11th president of the Peoria-based institution. He was hired in 2015. He replaced Joanne Glasser, who retired from the presidency earlier in 2015.

Roberts  added that the Bradley Board of Trustees will form a search committee to determine his successor.

The anouncement came a day after Bradley's spring commencement.

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