YPSILANTI &emdash; Eastern Michigan University President William E. Shelton informed the Board of Regents of his decision to retire from the University yesterday (March 16), following the regularly scheduled board meeting. His retirement will be effective June 30, 2000.

"The last 10 years as president have been exciting, challenging and rewarding," Shelton said. "I believe it is now time to begin the transition process to new leadership at Eastern Michigan University."

Philip Incarnati, chairman of the EMU Board of Regents, expressed his sincere appreciation to President Shelton for his many years of outstanding and dedicated service to the University. "President Shelton has provided the right leadership at the right time to position Eastern Michigan University to meet the challenges of the future," said Incarnati. "We have a clearly articulated mission focused on learning. We are financially stable. We have made outstanding additions to our facilities and infrastructure, and the plans are in place for continued development during the next decade.

"Although President Shelton has announced his retirement, he will remain in full charge of the University for the next 15 and a half months, and he has the full support of the Board of Regents. The early notification of the president's decision to retire will provide the Board of Regents with the necessary time to begin, and hopefully complete, the lengthy process of selecting a new president," Incarnati said.

The Board of Regents will initiate planning sessions to establish the selection process and will keep the University community informed.