SHEFFIELD Hallam University vice-chancellor Professor Diana Green is to retire from her post next year.
She has confirmed she will leave her post in July after nine years at the helm.
During her time in charge Hallam has continued to expand, from 23,000 students in 1998 to 28,000 today. Over the same period turnover at Hallam has increased from 105 million a year to 175 million.
"The University's current strategic plan runs until 2008 and I decided to stand down in 2007 to allow my successor time develop the strategy that they will have to implement going forward," Professor Green said.
She has given no indication yet of her future plans. She will be 64 when she leaves her post.
Professor Green made an impact in her early years with a no nonsense approach to industrial relations and a tough attitude in negotiations with the unions.
Since then she has moved on to cement Hallam's reputation as one of the country's leading "new" universities.
In 2005 it boasted the highest research income for any comparable institution.
Professor Green has also played a full part in the business life of the city and has been a member of a number of regional organisations.
She is a board member for Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and a member of the Governors' Council of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
In her time at Hallam Professor Green became a familiar national figure, speaking out on higher education policies.
She was also a member of several bodies advising on similar issues.
Professor Green said: "The past nine years have been a period of great change for both Sheffield Hallam University and the higher education sector in general.
"I am proud that during this time Sheffield Hallam's reputation for being enterprising and for making a real difference to the lives of individuals, organisations and communities has grown."