DETROIT -

Danialle Karmanos is stepping down from Wayne State University's Board of Governors.

The Detroit school made the announcement Thursday. Karmanos' resignation is effective Feb. 1.

A news release says the 39-year-old Republican wants to dedicate more time to her family. She's the mother of four boys, all under the age of 4.

She is married to prominent businessman Peter Karmanos.

“In the best interest of Wayne State, I humbly step aside to allow a member of my party to effectively provide the university with the attention it deserves. My love for and dedication to WSU, the students, faculty and alumni have not wavered, but family commitments must come first,” Karmanos said.

Karmanos began an eight-year term on Jan. 1, 2011. Gov. Rick Snyder will appoint a replacement to fulfill the remainder of the term.