Pacific Lutheran University’s Thomas Krise, who has served as the Tacoma school’s president since 2012, has announced that he will leave the post when his current term ends in May.

Krise, who thanked the university in a letter to PLU staffers, will stay at PLU as president emeritus and professor of English. Board of Regents Chair Gary Severson has announced that a search committee will select an acting president to serve for one year while a search is conducted for a permanent successor.

“Tom energetically engaged with students, faculty, university staff, alumni, and donors during a period of remarkable cultural change, both on campus and in our larger community. At a time of widespread student protests on campuses nationwide, PLU has benefited from Tom’s skill in fostering dialogue with students and proactively addressing their concerns in a constructive and collaborative fashion, and we are committed to continuing that approach,” Severson said.

“I feel very good that we have raised the university’s profile for academic excellence, raised the endowment to a record level, and expanded support for student access and diversity through significantly enhanced alumni fundraising activity,” said Krise.

Krise’s tenure is notable for the launching of PLU’s first professional doctorate, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Under his steerage, the school also started three new graduate degrees: finance, marketing research and accounting.