The chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris, will retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Jacqueline Johnson, 68, became the first female chancellor of the university's west-central Minnesota campus in 2006.

"This year marks my 10th year as chancellor, and I decided this spring that it will be my last," Johnson said in a statement. "It's the perfect time for the campus to experience new leadership: We are well-positioned for the present and the future, our enrollment remains strong, our student profile represents the diversity and talent that is part of our heritage, the quality of our faculty and staff is outstanding, and our residence halls are full to overflowing."

During her tenure, the campus won national recognition for its clean-energy programs, which included a wind turbine and a biomass gasifier.

The university said a search for Johnson's successor is expected to begin shortly.

Before coming to Morris, Johnson was vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Maureen McCarthy