OGDEN -- Weber State University President F. Ann Millner may be stepping down, but she won't be leaving campus.
Millner, who has worked at Weber State for 30 years, including a decade as president, plans to teach in the university's Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions.
"I'll still be around," she said Friday about an hour after announcing her resignation to Weber State's faculty and staff. "I enjoy students."
The Utah Board of Regents will undertake a national search to choose Millner's successor. Millner plans to remain on the job until her replacement is named.
Millner, who is 59 and became Weber State's president in 2002, said she is stepping down because it was always her intention to serve for no more than a decade.
"I feel like it's the right time to turn this opportunity over to the next leader of the institution," she said.
Millner came to Weber State in 1982. Before being named president, she held a variety of positions, including vice president for university relations, associate dean of continuing education, assistant vice president for community partnerships and director of outreach education in the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Millner earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee, a master's degree in allied health education and management from Southwest Texas State University and a doctoral degree in educational administration from Brigham Young University.
Millner said she's proud of Weber State's accomplishments during her tenure.
Over the last decade, Weber State's enrollment has grown to about 25,000 students at the university's Ogden and Davis campuses.
In addition, the university has added seven master's degree programs and numerous internship opportunities for students.
In 2008, Weber State received the Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement. The prestigious designation describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and local, state, regional, national and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.
Also during Millner's tenure, several Weber State buildings were renovated, including Lampros Hall, Shepherd Union, Stewart Library and the Swenson Building.
The university also constructed Elizabeth Hall, the Hurst Center and the first two buildings of the new Wildcat Village residence hall complex.
Alan Hall, chairman of Weber State's Board of Trustees, praised Millner for her academic leadership and her work in improving campus facilities.
"She's been all bricks and mortar," he said.
Jack D. Lampros, chairman of the Stewart Education Foundation, which has donated about $20 million to Weber State over the last decade, said Millner's support of the university has been unwavering.
"Dr. Millner has been fabulous," Lampros said in a phone interview Friday from his home in Fort Myers, Fla. "The face of the university has changed dramatically since she has been there."
Yasmen Simonian, dean of the College of Health Professions, said Millner will be impossible to replace because she has always been accessible to faculty and staff and is a fixture at university events.
"She is the epitome of integrity," Simonian said. "She's the energetic president. It's going to take someone with so many attributes to do what she is doing. She is irreplaceable."
Soon, efforts will begin to form a selection committee to conduct a nationwide search to choose Weber State's next president, said David J. Jordan, chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents.
The committee will have as many as 20 members, including three regents, a trio of Weber State Board of Trustees members, some university administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community.
Jordan said it will likely take at least five months to hire a new president, who will be chosen by the regents in consultation with the chairman and vice chairman of the trustees.