Haiman, 59, said that he would stay on as president of the non-profit journalism school into 1996 for as long as it takes to hire a successor and complete a successful transition.
The Poynter Institute, owner of the St. Petersburg Times, has a faculty and staff of 40 and offers or sponsors 60 seminars, courses, conferences, and other programs.
Haiman joined Poynter in 1983. After he retires, Haiman plans to continue working with the Institute on a part-time basis.
He will remain a trustee.
In a statement, Haiman said he wanted to devote more time to other areas of his life.
"I'm not retiring. I'm deciding to step down from this job, which I can't seem to do in fewer than 72 hours a week, so I can take up several new ventures with energy," he said.
In his statement, Haiman hinted about what might be next for him.
"One of them involves the largest computer technology company in the world and another involves Harley Davidson motorcycles."
After graduating from the University of Florida in 1958, Haiman joined the Times as a beginning reporter. Aside from service in the Marines, he has never left the news staff. He became managing editor at 29, executive editor at 39, and then president of Poynter at 46.
Haiman is a past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, a director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and a member of many national and international journalism groups and journalism education organizations.
Andrew Barnes, chairman of the Institute's board of trustees, as well as chairman and CEO of the publishing company, and editor of the Times, said a search committee would be appointed to identify Haiman's successor. Haiman will be part of the search committee.
By: Editorial Staff ROBERT J. HAIMAN has announced that he will step down as CEO of the Poynter Institute For Media Studies by Jan. 1, 1997.