William C. Rust will step down as president of the United States International University after a 37-year tenure, a move officials hope will steady the institution that has been rocked by recent troubles.
Rust, who has governed the 3,500-student school since its inception in 1952, will become chancellor, a newly created position, trustees announced Friday. General Kenneth McLennan, a four-star retired Marine Corps General who has been Rust's assistant since July, will become acting president.
"For 37 years, this university has formed and developed under the leadership of Dr. Rust, and we are pleased this move will make it possible for his impact to continue while the day-to-day operation of the campus is transferred," said Theodore Vallas, chairman of the Board of Trustees in a prepared statement.
USIU has about 2,250 students at its main campus at Scripps Ranch off Pomerado Road. It also has centers in San Jose, Chula Vista, Irvine, and Glendale, in addition to its international facilities in Nairobi, London and Mexico City.