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Western Carolina chancellor to retire

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) - John Bardo, chancellor at Western Carolina University for the past 15 years, says he is retiring from his position.

Bardo, who is the school's 10th chief officer, announced on Monday that he plans to leave the post effective July 1, 2011. Upon his retirement as chancellor, the 61-year-old Bardo will begin a year of research leave before taking a new role at Western Carolina as a faculty member.

Bardo is Western Carolina's longest-serving chancellor since 1972, when the school joined the UNC system.

Under Bardo's leadership, Western Carolina's student enrollment has grown from 6,500 to more than 9,400 students. During his tenure, the university was among the first institutions in the U.S. to require incoming students to report to campus with their own computers.

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