Susan Herbst, who becomes UConn's president on Wednesday, said it was the 54-year-old chief's decision to retire.
The Hartford Courant has reported that Hudd received more than $135,000 in raises since 2001, including a pay hike of over $44,000 last year.
His job also has expanded to include taking charge of the school's environmental health and safety department, building and fire code operations, and public safety operations on all satellite campuses and the UConn Health Center.
Herbst has indicated she would like to see the chief position revert to a more traditional role. She has asked Hudd to stay on until a successor is in place.