BUTTE (AP) — Montana Tech chancellor Frank Gilmore says he will retire at the end of this school year.
The 75-year-old Gilmore says that even though he is battling cancer, the decision to step down on June 30 is not health related.
He says he and his wife Ann had made the decision months ago that this would be his last year.
The Montana Standard reports that Gilmore told the state Board of Regents Thursday of his plans.
Gilmore says he believes Montana Tech is an excellent institution with a bright future, but says he is disappointed that he has not been able to get doctoral programs started there.
Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns says the news came as a surprise and she praised Gilmore's 12 years at the Butte school.