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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) – The president of St. John’s University in Collegeville has announced he won’t seek a second term and will leave the job at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

The St. Cloud Times reports the Rev. Robert Koopmann made the announcement Wednesday, saying the stress of the job made him concerned for his health.

Koopmann said says he is in good health, but wants to restore a better balance to his life.

He says he made his announcement with more than a year left in his term so St. John’s would have enough time to conduct a thorough search for the next president.

Koopmann became the St. John’s president in July 2009, replacing interim President Dan Whalen, who stepped in when Brother Dietrich Reinhart unexpectedly retired due to health reasons.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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