Schools Deputy Chancellor Eric Nadelstern announced his retirement Friday.
Nadelstern, who has served in the school system for 39 years, said he's leaving for personal reasons now that he's just turned 60, and that his decision has nothing to do with the change in leadership at the Department of Education.
He tells WNYC that he is confident in the new chancellor, Cathie Black, and that he's pursuing opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Nadelstern began his tenure in the school system as an English and a Second Language teacher. He founded the first International High School and was the point-person for small new schools.