Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, will retire next fall to focus on his health, he announced Tuesday.
Silberman, the former superintendent of schools in Daviess and Fayette counties, said in a release that he was recently diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and will eventually need a transplant.
"After much prayer and discussion with my family, we agreed that it would be very important to spend time together before a transplant is imminent," Silberman wrote. "That is the sole reason for my decision to retire."
He became director of the Prichard Committee four years ago, after the death of its longtime leader, Robert Sexton.
Silberman won the Kentucky School Boards Association's F. L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent Award and the Superintendent of the Year award from the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents.
During his tenure, the 32-year-old Prichard Committee helped usher in Common Core standards and fought for better funding for public schools.
"I want you to know that I share your view that the Prichard Committee is a phenomenal organization that makes such a critical difference in efforts to ensure that all Kentuckians receive the highest quality education," Silberman said.
"Our hard-working staff brings immeasurable strength, skill and dedication to this work. The leaders who serve on our board, and our members across the commonwealth, live their passion in advancing the mission of the committee and its goals for our state and its citizens."
Silberman said the Prichard Committee board has begun a selection process for the group's new leader.