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The University of Wyoming Engineering Hall is shown in February 2015 in Laramie. The school's dean is stepping down at the end of the month.

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Michael Pishko, the dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, is stepping down and will join the ranks of faculty, he confirmed to the Star-Tribune on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m stepping down for health related reasons,” he wrote in an email. “I’ve been running hard for the last 4.5 years and it’s taken it’s (sic) toll.”

Pishko emailed staff earlier Tuesday to inform them he was resigning at the end of this month. In that note, he wrote that “it’s been a privilege and an honor to serve as your Dean and I look forward to continue working with you as a member of the faculty.”

In his message to the Star-Tribune, Pishko said he didn’t know who would replace him. He said he didn’t think it would be decided until the next board of trustees meeting.

Chad Baldwin, the university’s spokesman, said he didn’t have anything to add beyond Pisko’s statement to the newspaper.

Pishko, who was at the engineering school for more than four years, previously was a professor at Texas A&M. He received degrees from the universities of Texas and Missouri.

Follow education reporter Seth Klamann on Twitter @SethKlamann

This article originally ran on trib.com.

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