Charles Steger, the Virginia Tech University president who led the college during the 2007 mass shooting, this week announced plans to retire as soon as a successor is found. Dr. Steger, 65, has had a long Virginia Tech career, as a student, instructor, department head, dean -- at 33, the youngest architecture dean in the nation -- vice president and, since 2000, president. After the shooting, in which a student, Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 people, Mr. Steger was criticized for not warning the campus quickly. Next month, in a case brought by the parents of two slain students, the State Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether he should stand trial for his actions during the massacre.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.