TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Tuskegee University President Benjamin F. Payton has informed the school's board of trustees that he will be retiring from the presidency in 2010.
Payton is just the fifth person to lead the 128-year-university and took the top post in 1981.
In his 28-year tenure he has successfully guided the University through three accreditation cycles by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and completed major capital fund campaigns including a centennial drive that surpassed its goal by $15 million.
Payton said he plans to retire on June 30, 2010.
Tuskegee University was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is home to approximately 3,000 students from more than 30 countries.