NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The president of Wheaton College has announced that the next academic year will be his last at the Norton school.

President Ronald Crutcher said in a message to the Wheaton community on Thursday that "after deep personal reflection" he has decided to step down on June 30, 2014.

Crutcher said he and his wife plan to travel in Europe, do some writing on leadership, higher education, and the arts, and catch up on the reading he has not been able to get to since he was named president in 2004.

Crutcher said the school has survived and thrived through the recession and he senses "a renewed spirit of innovation in" at Wheaton.

Wheaton, founded in 1834, has about 1,600 students, and is recognized as one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges.