Published: Aug 23, 2010 11:16 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 8:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Willis Holcombe is retiring as chancellor of Florida's state and community college system.

Holcombe announced his plans Monday but will remain on the job until Education Commissioner Eric Smith names a replacement.

Smith appointed Holcombe to head the 28-college system in January 2008 after he had served on an interim basis.

Holcombe in effect traded jobs with former Chancellor David Armstrong, who left to become president of Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.

Holcombe had been Broward's president from 1987 through 2004 and interim president from 2006 until Armstrong took over in 2007.

A former Marine Corps captain, Holcombe also taught English at Santa Fe College in Gainesville and Broward.