Saying that he's getting older, wants to spend more time with his family and has other personal reasons, Olentangy school board member Dimon McFerson announced he will resign effective Sept. 30.

Citing that he is getting older, wants to spend more time with his family and other personal reasons, Olentangy school board member Dimon McFerson announced at the board's Aug. 25 meeting he will resign effective Sept. 30.

He is the second board member to step down in the past six weeks.

McFerson, 73, has served on the board for about six years. His first four-year term was interrupted when he had to resign in 2006 to fight cancer. He recovered and won another board term in November 2007. His current term expires on Dec. 31, 2011.

Board member Jennifer Smith resigned in July, also citing personal reasons, and was succeeded by Stacy Dunbar, one of 76 applicants seeking to be appointed to the open seat. That four-year seat, along with McFerson's, will be up for election in November 2011.

"It's not an easy decision I've come to," McFerson told other board members. "It's for personal reasons. It's been a joy to have been here for the better part of six years. ... It's with some sadness I leave all of you."

McFerson, former CEO of Nationwide Insurance, listed 10 reasons for resigning, including a promise to his wife that he would spend more time with her and his family. He and his wife have a house in southern Utah and four of their seven children also live in Utah and Colorado, he said.

"I'm in good health after having not been in good health," he said. "I don't know how many more years I have, but I want to enjoy them."

While stating he plans to maintain a residence in central Ohio, McFerson said much more time would be spent in Utah and that he would not miss Ohio winters.

He praised the work that superintendent Wade Lucas, the board and others are doing in the district. He said seeing that 76 people applied for Smith's seat shows him great community interest in the district and that it won't be hard to find a replacement for him.

"I feel very comfortable (that) it's time to step aside," McFerson said.

Board president Julie Wagner-Feasel said after the meeting that she just recently learned of McFerson's decision. She said during the meeting that it is with regret the board accepts his resignation.

Wagner-Feasel, with the consensus of other board members, selected Martin Johnson and Kevin O'Brien for interviews. They were among those who were finalists for Smith's vacancy.

Wagner-Feasel plans to hold interviews the week of Oct. 4. The board would then select a new member that week. That person would be sworn in at the Oct. 13 board meeting, she said.

Lucas said during the meeting he is sad to see McFerson leave, but he understands his reasons.

"This is definitely a bittersweet moment," Lucas said. "I wish you luck, obviously. But man, am I going to miss you. The good Lord puts special people in your life and you are one of those people."