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Salisbury University president Janet Dudley-Eshbach
Salisbury University president Janet Dudley-Eshbach (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Salisbury University president Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced Wednesday she would step down at the end of the academic year after 18 years with the Eastern Shore institution.

Dudley-Eshbach said in a statement she would spend a year assisting her successor in the transition, then return to teaching as a faculty member.

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"I am greatly looking forward to returning to my first love – teaching, mentoring students, and scholarship," she said. "I also hope to make more time for family, music, reading and other interests."

Dudley-Eshbach has been credited with boosting the university's enrollment, attracting more international and minority students, and overseeing the construction of myriad new buildings.

Dudley-Eshbach, who began her job in 2000, is the University System of Maryland's longest-serving female president and is the second longest-tenured president in Salisbury University history.

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