Professor John Green, Chair of the Theatre Department at Butler University, sent an email to students earlier today breaking the news that he is leaving the university. "I'm writing to tell you that after 11 wonderful years at Butler, this will be my last semester with you," Green says in his email. "I am leaving to become chair of the department of theatre at Columbia College in Chicago, the largest arts and media college in the country." He also noted the difficulty of leaving and plans that already in place to ensure a smooth transition. "There is never a good time to leave Butler, but in taking this step I know I am leaving behind a department that is truly at the height of its powers, led by the best team of faculty and staff it has ever been my pleasure to work with, and with a reputation for quality of education and artistry that is unsurpassed in the region. "Over the next few weeks the faculty and I will be putting into place a transition plan that will take us through next fall and spring, as the department conducts a national search for a new chair." Professor Green is a former recipient of a NUVO Cultural Vision award as the leader of the Butler Theatre Department, honoring the great work he and his students have done over the past decade in the realm of theatre in Indianapolis. Though he's leaving town, Green is still on board to direct the Indianapolis debut of the play "After Paul McCartney" at the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre next Spring, written by NUVO's own David Hoppe.