UNC-Asheville chancellor Dr. Mary Grant will be leaving the university at the end of the current semester according to a statement from the school's board of trustees. Grant, who has held the position since August 2014, will become the president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. Grant was expected to share the news campus-wide later Wednesday. The Kennedy institute engages "future generations in the work of citizenship and democracy, preserve the legacy of the United States Senate, and to provide a forum to shift the dialogue away from polarization and towards bipartisan and productive conversations that seek to find common ground solutions", according to the statement from the UNC-Asheville board of trustees. Kennon Briggs, the chair of the board, says a 'comprehensive' search to find Grant's successor will start immediately. He added while he "personally wished the Chancellor's stay at UNC-Asheville could be longer, the Board of Trustees and I are excited about the opportunity for our Chancellor to take on a much broader educational focus."