The first female president of the University of Alabama is stepping down.
The university released a statement from President Judy Bonner on Wednesday saying she will leave office no later than September 30, 2015.
Bonner says she wants to return to the classroom. She plans to take a yearlong sabbatical and resume teaching in fall 2016.
Bonner says she's announcing her departure early to allow time for trustees to begin a search for her replacement next month.