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Search begins for new NAU President

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

The Arizona Board of Regents and Northern Arizona University announced a search committee has been formed to select the university's new president.

NAU President John Haeger plans to retire when his contract ends in June 2015.

The Arizona Board of Regents said there are 28 representatives on the NAU Presidential Search Committee. The board has also hired executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, which specializes in higher education executive recruitment to assist with the search process.

The 70-year-old Haeger was appointed president of the Flagstaff school in 2001.

Haeger said after his term ends in 2015, he plans to return to NAU later as a professor in higher education leadership and governance.

Under Haeger's leadership, NAU's enrollment grew by 34 percent in 12 years.

He oversaw an aggressive rebuilding of the aging Flagstaff campus and opened NAU-Yavapai in Prescott Valley, a campus that offers bachelor's degrees in three years.

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