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Mike Terry, Deseret News
Weber State University President F. Ann Millner gives her remarks at the Pioneer Days Fireside held at the Dee Events Center on the campus of Weber State University in Ogden on July 17, 2011.

OGDEN — Utah's first female public university president announced Friday that she will step down from her position at Weber State University.

F. Ann Millner was appointed in 2002 as the 11th president of WSU and told faculty and staff on Friday that she has asked the Board of Regents to begin a search for her successor. She said it was her intention to serve for 10 years and that it's time for someone else to lead the institution.

"I feel like I've been blessed to have the opportunity to serve in this role," she said. "It's been an incredibly rewarding experience."

Millner said she plans to stay involved at Weber State, teaching and being an advocate for higher education. She first came to WSU in 1982 and said she was shocked and surprised when she was selected to be president.

"I grew up at Weber State," she said.

On Friday, Millner expressed her pride for what has been accomplished at the unversity during her 10 years as president. During Millner's tenure, enrollment increased by 40 percent, Weber State University Davis opened in Layton in 2003, and the university received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

The campus also underwent a number of renovations in the last decade and saw the construction of Elizabeth Hall, the Hurst Center and the new Wildcat Village residence hall complex.

Ben Wood