Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence will step down at the end of the current school year and take a job at Yale.

Lawrence made the announcement Friday. He said in a letter to the university community in Waltham, Massachusetts, that he looked forward to returning to full-time teaching and scholarship as a senior research scholar at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Lawrence has served as the eighth president of Brandeis since January 2011.

Provost Lisa Lynch will become interim president in July as the university searches for a successor to Lawrence.

Brandeis bills itself as a private research and liberal arts school as well as the only nonsectarian, Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country. The university 9 miles west of Boston has about 3,600 undergraduate students.