The longtime chief executive officer of Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson has announced plans to retire. Chuck Staley, who has served in the role since 2003, says he will step down by the end of the year while the center's board of directors searches for a successor.

Dennis Carroll, chairman of the FEC Board of Directors, says Staley has positioned the center for continued success.

"Under (Staley's) leadership, Flagship has greatly advanced its impact as a business incubator and advanced stage business center supported by Anderson University, the City of Anderson, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and many others," Carroll said in a news release. "The leadership team of Flagship has never been stronger, and we look forward to a seamless transition."

The board says the search effort will include a review of internal and external candidates. Daniel Courtney, who currently serves as special assistant to the president of Anderson University, will serve as interim CEO during the transition.