WASHINGTON — NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock says the board of the nation’s largest civil rights organization is forming a search committee to select a new president and CEO.

In a conference call Monday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous formally announced he plans to step down at the end of the year. He is credited with boosting the organization’s fundraising and bringing stability its leadership.

Brock says the change in leadership will be an orderly transition. She says the board is disappointed Jealous is leaving after five years.

Jealous says he signed a new contract last year that was negotiated to keep him at the NAACP for a maximum of three more years. He says there was a clause allowing him to leave early because he was wrestling with the need to spend more time with his family.

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