BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — University of Vermont President Thomas Sullivan is stepping down in order to finish a book about free speech on campus.

The Burlington Free Press reports Sullivan announced his plans to work on the book and join the UVM faculty in 2019 in a letter to the university. According to the university, Sullivan will work in the Political Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sullivan was hired by UVM in 2012 after serving as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minnesota. He has a background in legal scholarship.

Sullivan's decision to step out of the presidency follows calls from the student body to advance diversity and inclusion goals. The student protests weren't mentioned in statements from UVM.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com