HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut State University System Chancellor David Carter says he will retire much earlier than expected after five years on the job.

Carter informed the CSUS Board of Trustees on Thursday that he plans to leave on March 1. The 67-year-old had announced last fall he would step down by Sept. 1.

Carter cited his health and a desire to spend more time with his grandchildren as reasons for his earlier-than-expected retirement. He also adds in a letter to the board’s vice chairman, Richard Balducci, that his decision to retire “is even more difficult than I had anticipated.”

Carter has worked in the field of education for 45 years and served as president of Eastern Connecticut State University for nearly 18 years. He was the first black president of a four-year institution in the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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