Jerilyn McIntyre, who served two stints as interim president of the University of Utah, is stepping down as vice president of academic affairs.

McIntyre said Friday that she will remain in her administrative post until new U. president J. Bernard Machen finds a replacement for her.McIntyre said once her successor is named, she will take an administrative leave. She will then explore other opportunities before deciding whether to return to the school's communications department, where she has been a professor since 1977.

Machen said he did not ask McIntyre to leave the position. He is, however, in the process of making some administrative changes that will be announced in "the near future."

"It's not revolutionary, but there will be some changes," he said Friday.

McIntyre announced her intentions in a memo distributed to faculty and staff.

"My husband, David (Smith) and I very much enjoyed our year in the interim presidency at the U.," McIntyre said. "We have therefore decided that the time is right for us to move on to the next chapter in our lives, and are looking for positions elsewhere."

The couple has not ruled out staying with the U., she said.

McIntyre earned her doctorate in communications at the University of Washington in 1973. She joined the U. faculty in 1977 and served as College of Humanities dean 1984-88. She was then appointed associate vice president for academic affairs and promoted to the vice presidency in 1990.

She served as the university's interim president July-September 1991, while the U. awaited the arrival of the then-new president Arthur K. Smith.

Upon Smith's resignation, McIntyre served as acting president January-April 1997 before being named interim president for April-December 1997.