The Fox Chapel Area School District superintendent announced her retirement at Monday night's school board meeting.
Anne E. Stephens, who held the district's top position for eight years, will retire effective Dec. 31.
The announcement was made at a time when the degree qualifying her for the position has come under the community's scrutiny.
The district requires its superintendent to hold a doctorate, though that is not a state requirement. Ms. Stephens' doctorate was conferred by LaSalle University in Mandeville, La. The university was not accredited, but Ms. Stephens had previously said the word "accredited" never appears in the requirements for a superintendent.
Board president Joel R. Weinstein said after Monday's meeting that Ms. Stephens began discussing her retirement about six months ago and that it does not come in response to the concerns about her credentials.
Lexi Belculfine: email@example.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published June 10, 2013 11:30 PM