Bernard R. Tresnowski will retire on Nov. 30 after heading the Chicago-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for 13 years.
Mr. Tresnowski, 62, announced his plans to retire late last year, saying he intended to leave by the end of 1995 (Dec. 20/27, 1993, p. 6).
Harry P. Cain, the Blues' senior vice president for business services in Washington, is expected to be named interim president later this month at a board meeting.
A search committee has been interviewing candidates for Mr. Tresnowski's permanent replacement, but no decision has been reached, Mr. Tresnowski said.
"It's not an easy job to fill," he said. "The person they are looking for must have a broad business background but also have experience in policy and lobbying."
Mr. Tresnowski said he plans to enter law school in August 1995. He said he wants to focus on geriatric law and the legal problems of the elderly. Until he is accepted by a law school and enrolls, he will take economic and pre-law courses at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
"It's a fantasy I've had for a long time," he said. "Now that I'm unemployed, I can do that."
Mr. Tresnowski joined the Blues in 1967 as head of its Medicare division after nine years as a hospital administrator. He became president in 1981, succeeding Walter J. McNerney, who presided over the association for nearly two decades.
The Blues' 69 licensed health plans provide coverage to 72 million beneficiaries in commercial plans and another 30 million in government programs.