DENVER — The University of Denver chancellor of nearly five years will step down on July 14 due to medical issues, according to a letter sent to alumni and students Friday.

Rebecca Chopp, who joined DU as chancellor in September 2014, said she made the decision after being diagnosed with a complex neurological disorder.

"As chancellor, the 70- to 80-hour work weeks and the stress that naturally is connected to higher education in these unsettled times just does not permit me enough time to focus on improving my health," she said in the letter.

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Jeremy Haefner, DU's provost and executive vice chancellor, will step into the role of interim chancellor in mid-July.

Chopp said she will continue to work with DU as an adviser on special projects. The DU Board of Trustees also gave her a Chancellor "Emerita" designation, a Latin term typically associated with professors who retire in good standing.

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"This community has been so supportive of my husband, Fred, me and our family, and we deeply appreciate it," Chopp said.

She also requested privacy and no further inquiries into her health.

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