Stephen Head, the chancellor of the Lone Star College System, announced he will retire Aug. 1 in a LSCS news release Jan. 10.

Head started at LSCS in 1984, serving as president of three campuses and executive vice chancellor before becoming chancellor in 2014. He served as chancellor for eight years, according to the release.

Head said in the release he hopes to give the LSCS board of trustees plenty of time to search and select his replacement by making his announcement early.

"I am very proud of what we have accomplished and have watched the college evolve into one of the premier community colleges in the country," he said in a statement. "Serving eight years as chancellor at Lone Star College is without a doubt the most rewarding job I have ever had."

LSCS board chair Michael Stoma said Head's legacy will be felt for generations to come.

"I feel honored to work alongside him helping students, professors, staff and the community it serves," he said in a statement.

The LSCS board of trustees will begin conducting a search for its fifth chancellor. According to the release, a search committee will be formed in addition to selecting a search consultant.