Published: Jan 08, 2013 6:05 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Cancel the retirement party for University of Florida President Bernie Machen.
Machen agreed to stay on Tuesday at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott and the chairman of the university's board of trustees. Machen last June had announced he would retire in 2013.
In a statement, Machen said he agreed to remain at his post after Scott committed to support his goal of making Florida a top 10 university.
Florida is listed 17th among national public universities in the annual higher education rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Machen said reaching top 10 status has been his highest priority since become UF's president in 2004.
The announcement came just four days before the board had planned to select a new president.

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