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HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — The president of Samford University in suburban Birmingham says he is retiring next year.

Andrew Westmoreland's departure from the small college in Homewood was announced Friday to students, workers and alumni.

A search will begin immediately for a replacement, but the school has time to look since Westmoreland's departure won't happen until June 30, 2021.

Westmoreland has been at the small, Christian college since 2006. An announcement says enrollment has increased by almost 30% during his tenure, and Samford has added more than 30 new or improved academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Westmoreland plans to remain in Birmingham after he steps down.

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