ATLANTA -- Jay Hakes, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, will retire at the end of July.
The Carter Center announced Tuesday that Hakes will step down after 13 years at the helm.
"Jay has been a wonderful director," President Carter said in a statement. "Rosalynn and I appreciate all that he has done for the library and will miss working with him and his wife Anita."
Under Hakes' direction, the Carter Presidential Museum underwent a $10 million redesign and expanded its educational programs. Hakes also helped digitize all the documents that crossed Carter's desk during his presidency; those documents will eventually be placed on the Internet.
"I have enjoyed my long friendship with President and Mrs. Carter, as well as the opportunity to be the director of the Carter Library," Hakes said. "I now look forward to being able to focus more of my time on the vital issues of energy that face this nation."
Before working for the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Hakes served as President Carter's Deputy Executive Secretary and Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior. He also headed the Florida Department of Energy beginning in 1981.