UMass President Jack Wilson: Time For 'Something Fresh'05:47

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Jack Wilson, president of the University of Massachusetts, says he has accomplished the work he set out to do when he took the job in 2003.

Wilson announced Monday he is stepping down in June 2011.

"By the time you get to 10 years, I've always felt it's time to move on, do something else, do something fresh," Wilson told WBUR. "The university's in great shape, the board of trustees are very stable, the finances are in pretty good shape."

Under Wilson’s leadership, UMass has increased research funding, financial aid spending and enrollment, reported higher average grades and test scores for its incoming students, and completed sizable facility upgrades to its five campuses.

Wilson said he plans to stay in Massachusetts and possibly return to teaching and research.

We visited the 64-year-old physicist Monday morning at his office in downtown Boston to ask about his decision.

WBUR's Lisa Tobin produced this story for broadcast.

This program aired on March 1, 2010.

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