UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale announced Wednesday that he plans to step down as chancellor on June 30, 2006, in order to return to teaching, scholarship and public policy issues.

Carnesale, who known for his expertise in international affairs and national security policy, took UCLA's top job on July 1, 1997, coming from Harvard University, where he served for 23 years as professor, dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and provost of the university.

Carnesale also served on the transition team for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

During his tenure, Carnesale concentrated UCLA's efforts on attracting research funds and private monies, according to a statement from UCLA. Between 1997 and 2005, the university's annual operating budget grew from $2.2 billion to $3.5 billion, while the state of California's contribution shrunk from 20.7 percent to 15 percent.

"UCLA is one of the world's great universities, public or private," Carnesale said. "I am proud to have served as its eighth chief executive."

Carnesale holds professorial appointments in the School of Public Affairs and in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA. He is also the author of six books and more than 50 articles.

University of California President Robert Dynes will conduct the search for the next UCLA chancellor. No timeline was given.

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