Bill Crawford has submitted his resignation from the Memphis-based Cotton Board, effective Jan. 31, 2007.

Crawford joined the Cotton Board staff in 1984 and served as the organization's chief executive for the last 17 years.

During his tenure as president and CEO, the Cotton Board administered the Cotton Research & Promotion Program, which funds programs to increase domestic consumer demand for cotton, creates farm and textile-related products and develops processes and technological innovations for the cotton industry.

An executive search committee has been appointed by the board's Executive Committee to guide a nationwide search for a new chief executive. Bud Skorupa, Cotton Board vice president of finance/administration, has been appointed interim CEO.