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Prem Paul speaks during a campus research meeting Aug. 23, 2012. Paul said Monday he will step down as vice chancellor for research and economic development.

Prem Paul – who stepped down earlier this week from his position as vice chancellor for research and economic development – has died, University of Nebraska-Lincoln spokesman Steve Smith confirmed Friday, Sept. 2. 

In a note to faculty and staff Monday, Paul called his 15 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln the "highlight" of his career. 

Paul cited health reasons as a factor in his resignation. 

UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green shared these words on Twitter early Friday morning: 

In a separate note addressing UNL faculty and staff Monday, Green identified Steve Goddard, the current associate vice chancellor for research, as the pending interim vice chancellor for research and economic development.

Green said Paul helped Nebraska become “a much bigger, bolder and more impactful institution in our contributions of research, scholarship and creative activity.”

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This article was modified at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 to correct the day of the week introducing the tweet from Chancellor Ronnie Green. The tweet was sent Friday morning, not Thursday.