LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville Executive Vice President and Provost Shirley Willihnganz will step down from her administrative position June 30 and return to teaching next year, the university said in a news release Wednesday.

Willihnganz began her career at U of L in 1985 and rose to chair of the communications department, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and then to provost in 2002.

She is the No. 2 official at the university, which is led by U of L President James Ramsey. Willihnganz makes $316,839 annually, according to the Kentucky public salaries database.

“Dr. Willihnganz has contributed so much to the success we've had,” Ramsey said in the news release. “Her leadership has been vital to our academic improvement, and her dedication to our students, faculty and staff is unsurpassed. I am sorry to see her leave the leadership team, but our students will benefit from her return to the classroom.”

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