MANHATTAN — New York University's board of trustees announced in an email Wednesday that John Sexton will resign as president in 2016, after 14 years.
Sexton, 70, agreed in 2009 to serve as president at least through 2016 and has now "made clear that he will not serve beyond that," the email from a committee of the board of trustees said.
"The [committee] notes that the board is extremely satisfied with the direction and leadership of the university," it said.
The search for a new president will begin in the next three years and will involve faculty and students, said the NYU board, which also announced the creation of a new committee to better involve faculty and students in decision-making processes.
During his time as president, he has faced criticism for NYU's city-approved 20-year plan to create additional academic space. Multiple schools within the university have issued no-confidence votes on him.
Sexton was named NYU president in 2001 after seven years as a member of the law faculty and 14 years as the NYU School of Law dean.