CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County School Board Chair Rev. Dr. Eric Mack announced that he has withdrawn from the upcoming school board election.

Rev. Dr. Mack’s decision comes ahead of the upcoming school board election on November 8.

A withdrawal letter from Mack was sent to the Charleston County Board of Elections on September 14.

Mack told News 2 that he decided to withdraw his candidacy to “pursue other opportunities” in education and said that he was not unhappy with the board’s direction.

He has served on CCSD’s Board of Trustees since 2014 prior to his decision to withdraw.

CCSD Superintendent Don Kennedy provided the following statement:

“I am grateful for the time and effort that Rev. Dr. Eric Mack poured into his role with the Board of Trustees and the leadership he provided the district during his years as the Board Chair. His commitment to serving all students and staff members is evidenced by the many programs and initiatives that will lay the foundation to improve outcomes for everyone associated with our district. I am thankful for his advocacy for public education and wish him well.”