University of Windsor president will step down in 2018

The president of the University of Windsor has announced he will be leaving his role in June 2018.

Alan Wildeman will leave the university in June 2018

University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman. (University of Windsor)

Alan Wildeman is stepping down as president of the University of Windsor in June 2018, after ten years in the role.

Wildeman fought his emotions as he made the announcement during his presidential address Friday morning.

"I will leave this extraordinary position I hold, and make way for the next person to help continue the University down its path," he told the crowd, adding that the decision came after a lot of reflection.

"You need renewal all the time," Wildeman said. "I'm extremely proud of what the university has done ... now it's time for a new search to begin."

The president also said he's not sure what he'll do next.

Past chair of the university's board of governors Sheila MacKinnon, credited Wildeman with a transformation on campus.

"The next generation will remember Dr. Wildeman," she said. "Absolutely."

Mayor Drew Dilkens added his praise for the university president. "Just go to downtown Windsor and see what's happening ... he's done a heck of a job," said the mayor.

Wildeman, 63, was born and raised in Saskatchewan. In his speech Friday he said he wanted to come to Windsor because "it was the Saskatchewan of Ontario" — a comment he called the highest praise.