Presbyterian College athletics director William "Bee" Carlton will step down in February to take a position with the College of Coastal Georgia.
Carlton, a 1976 PC graduate who is in his seventh season running the athletics department, oversaw the school's ongoing transition from the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference to the Division I FCS Big South Conference.
"It's been a busy time and a good time," Carlton said. "It's been fun to be a part of that growing process. I feel, in a lot of ways, it's bittersweet leaving my alma mater. But the folks that are here can carry it through."
The Clinton school's transition to Division I will be finalized in the 2011-12 school year.
Carlton, who has a doctorate in operations research from Texas, will serve as a professor of systems engineering and operations research for the Brunswick, Ga., school, as well as a senior adviser for athletic planning.
Before returning to Presbyterian, Carlton worked at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for six years, where he worked in operations research and served as a liaison between the academic and athletics administrations..
Carlton was a three-year football letterman for the Blue Hose in his playing days.
Mike Smith, the associate director of athletics, has been appointed interim director and will serve until Carlton's successor is named. PC president John Griffith said the school will conduct a national search to find a replacement.
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