Robert Altenkirch, president of The University of Alabama in Huntsville announced his retirement on Monday.
Altenkirch sent a memo making the announcement to faculty, staff, and students.
“It is an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure to serve as President of The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and I look forward to us continuing on our trajectory of progress this coming academic year,” Altenkirch wrote.
In the memo, the 70 year old who’s in his seventh year at UAH, detailed he will remain in position during the 2018-2019 academic year until his successor is chosen.
Altenkirch has served as the president of UAH since September 2011. Prior to that, he was president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said he appreciates all of Altenkirch’s hard work.
“President Altenkirch’s success at UAH is clear to see. The City of Huntsville is appreciative of all his hard work on behalf of UAH to achieve record setting results that have had a direct impact on the lives of students and the economy of the Rocket City,” Battle said. “Bob has been a great partner to Huntsville and the entire North Alabama region, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”