University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks announced today that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Feb.1.
The doctors caught the cancer early and expect a full recovery, Bruininks writes in a statement:
Without a doubt, it is always nerve-racking to hear the word "cancer" from your doctor, but I am extremely fortunate that the University is home to a world-class cancer center.
Bruininks plans to fulfill his term as president, ending June 2011.
University spokesman Ryan Maus says Bruininks has said in the past he has no plans to seek another term.