RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Board of Education chair has announced he's resigning early, citing issues with other members having to serve past their terms.

News outlets report 79-year-old Bill Cobey submitted his resignation Thursday. Cobey's term on the board would have ended in March. His resignation goes into effect after a Sept. 6 board meeting where a new chairperson will be elected. The resignation means Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will be able to appoint a successor to complete the term.

Cobey has served as the chair for more than five years and says he wants to "move on so that others can lead." He also says he wants to avoid serving past his term's expiration, which board members Wayne McDevitt and Tricia Willoughby are doing despite their terms ending last year.

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This story has been corrected to show that North Carolina's governor is Roy Cooper.