By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — The chancellor at the Camden campus of Rutgers University has announced that he is stepping down after this academic year.

Wendell Pritchett made the announcement this morning at a faculty breakfast that he’ll be returning to the Rutgers-Camden faculty next July.

Pritchett says in his four-plus years as chancellor, enrollment grew from 5,600 to 6,800, and he’s most proud of graduating a record 1,500 students last May — all while establishing deeper roots in Camden.

“We’ve built several new buildings,” he said today.  “We’ve renovated a significant number of buildings on Cooper Street, which is the main spine of the campus at this point.  So I think we have expanded our profile physically.  But I think, more importantly, we’ve expanded our profile in the community in connection to the city of Camden.”

He says last year’s successful effort to fight a proposed merger with Rowan University brought the Rutgers-Camden campus together.

Pritchett also serves on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission (see related story) and a member of the board of trustees at Cooper University Hospital.