ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The superintendent of Alexandria’s public schools is stepping down.

Alvin Crawley announced his resignation on Wednesday and is scheduled to make further comments in a news conference on Thursday.

He’ll leave office in late July to take a position as a professor at George Mason University’s graduate school of education.

Crawley has been an educator for 37 years and served as Alexandria’s superintendent for nearly four years. He’s also been an administrator in Arlington County and in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

School Board chair Ramee Gentry says in a statement that Crawley “has done an outstanding job.” The school district says he has narrowed the achievement gap between white and minority students.

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