(Durham, NH) - The University of New Hampshire's longest serving President will step down from that position next year.

Courtesy UNH

Mark Huddleston will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

“UNH is a remarkable institution and serving as president has been the highlight of my professional life,” said Huddleston. “Everyone at UNH has worked hard to ensure the state’s flagship public research university is well positioned for the future. Next year is the right time to transition leadership.”

Huddleston  has been at the UNH since 2007.