University of Wyoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Myron Allen will step down Sept. 1 after eight years in the post, university President Robert Sternberg announced in an email to staff Friday.

Allen will continue teaching in the university's mathematics department, where he has been a tenured professor for decades, school spokesman Chad Baldwin said. Allen was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon.

In an email to the university's executive council, Allen said he had been considering a return to teaching and decided now was the time, Baldwin said. 

Sternberg will appoint an interim vice president for academic affairs while the university prepares to conduct an international search for a new provost in late August, the email stated.

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