UNCG Provost David H. Perrin has announced plans to return to the university’s teaching faculty at the end of the academic year.

“This academic year will complete my seventh as provost, and now is the time to begin the search for UNCG’s next chief academic officer,” Perrin told faculty on Wednesday. “My term as provost will end on June 30, 2014. It has been an honor and a thrill to serve this wonderful university for six years as dean and seven years as provost. I am looking forward to preparing for the next phase of my career as professor of kinesiology. ”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady praised Perrin in a message to faculty and staff.

david-perrin-2011“Dr. Perrin has served as UNCG’s chief academic officer since July 1, 2007, a period of great challenge and change in American higher education. He led the academic restructurings that created the School of Health and Human Sciences and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and concluded a comprehensive academic program review that has positioned the university for future investment and development,” Brady said. “Under Dr. Perrin’s leadership, UNCG collaborated with other universities to launch initiatives such as the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (with N.C. A&T) and, more recently, the Downtown University Campus.”

In the days ahead, Brady said, she will discuss the appointment of a search and screening committee with the Faculty Senate leadership, Deans Council, executive staff and other constituencies with a national search for Perrin’s replacement beginning this fall.