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Health issues force former U of M president Mark Yudof into retirement

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Former University of Minnesota president Mark Yudoff is stepping down from his post at the University of California at the end of August over health reasons, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Yudof, 68, was president at the U of M from 1997-2002.

He went on to become chancellor at the University of Texas System from 2002-2008 before taking on the president's post at the University of California in 2008 -- and since that time has helped guide the state's 10-campus system through one of its worst financial crises.

"For a transplant from Texas, by way of Philadelphia and Minnesota, every day at the University of California has brought new wonders," Yudof said in the statement Friday.

Yudoff also noted in the statement that "spate of taxing health issues" forced him to make a change in his "professional lifestyle." Yudof recently went through gallbladder surgery, bronchitis and a broken shoulder.

According to The Associated Press, Yudoff, a former law professor, plans on returning to teaching law at the UC Berkeley campus.

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