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Head of Regents Board Resigns

The regents accepted Chancellor Roderick Chu's resignation during a videoconference. The state's top advocate for colleges and universities will leave his post in early May. Chu's resignation has been anticipated by colleagues for several months.

"I am pleased that the regents have accepted my resignation and will let me go on, and let me do something that I think will continue to transport the ability of Ohio's policymakers and its citizens in making the right decisions for its future," Chu said.

Chu will serve as a special advisor to a regents sponsored school called the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science. The board created the virtual school to offer classes to college students around the state in several scientific fields. Chu said participating students will learn how to be resourceful scientists.

"We and the regents staff, and I in particular, given my particular academic background and modeling in computers and the use of computer technology, and business and government and now my understanding about the linkages in the educational system, that we were able to do something to forge ahead here that frankly no other institution in the country has been able to do," Chu said.

Chu, who has served eight years in the head position, has lobbied for more funding for higher education. However, state support for higher education has declined prompting schools to approve dramatic increases in tuition. Regent secretary Bruce Beeghly praised Chu's service to higher education and called his efforts tireless. Other regents, such as vice chair Donna Alvarado, made similar remarks.

As chancellor, Chu is paid $227,000 a year, but he says his future salary is undetermined. Vice chancellor for academic affairs with the regents, Garrison Walters, will step up as interim chancellor.