- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - The longtime leader of a private Catholic university in southern New Jersey is planning to leave her post.

Sister Rosemary Jeffries announced Wednesday that she will step down next year as president of Georgian Court University in Lakewood. She has held the post for 14 years.

School officials did not immediately say when they would start looking for a new president or how the search would be conducted.

During Jeffries‘ tenure, the former women’s college in Lakewood gained university status and began admitting men to its undergraduate school. Her contract expired last year, but school officials said she agreed to stay two more years

The 65-year-old Jeffries plans to formally step down in June 2015.

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