(AP) - The University of Virginia's first vice provost for the arts will step down in January.
Elizabeth Hutton Turner has served in the position since 2007 when it was created. Her five-year term ends in January.
The university said Thursday that a search for Turner's successor began this week.
“I am honored to have served as the first Vice Provost for the Arts," said Turner in a statement. "The advances of the last five years – including major gifts, new facilities, new working groups, new grant opportunities as well as public art and University-wide residencies resulting in the creation of new work – are clear indications that the arts have become a priority at the University."
Turner also is a professor of modern art at U.Va. The university says she will take a two-year leave in January to work with the Terra Foundation for American Art, where she will serve as vice president for collections and curatorial affairs.