COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After 28 years directing the Ohio State University Marching band, Jon Woods is retiring after the 2011-12 academic year.
President Gordon Gee announced the retirement on Saturday before Ohio State shut out Akron 42-0.
Gee says Woods' legacy is incomparable and the university is grateful for his leadership.
At the age of 72, Woods has served as the full-time director longer than anybody else. His innovations, including using computers to chart band formations in the 1980s, won awards for the band and Woods himself.
Woods is also a professor of music education in the university's School of Music.
Assistant band director Jonathan Waters will take over as interim director for the 2012-13 academic year.