Carl Zeithaml will step down from his position of dean of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in May.

UVa announced his upcoming departure on Tuesday. He has been dean since 1997.

 “For more than two decades, Carl Zeithaml has been synonymous with McIntire — and largely responsible for its success,” UVa President Jim Ryan said in a news release. “Carl has also set the standard for what it means to be a dean at a public university, and I’ve depended on his wisdom and advice during my first year as president. As sad as I will be to see Carl step down, I am immensely grateful to him and look forward to one more year together.”

Zeithaml has transformed UVa’s undergraduate business programs by adding immersive and team-taught programs. He also created one-year business master’s degree programs, international commerce programs and a master’s program in business analytics based in Northern Virginia.

He led McIntire through two previous capital campaigns, surpassing school goals of $48 million and $150 million.

At the conclusion of his contract, Zeithaml will continue to serve the school as a strategic management professor, according to UVa. The provost’s office will conduct a national search for a new dean.

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