ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's top education official is resigning.

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told the Board of Regents at its meeting Monday she is resigning Aug. 31.

Elia was appointed in 2015. She says it was an honor to serve the students and teachers of New York for four years.

An education department spokesman said Elia will pursue another, unspecified professional opportunity.

She had previously served for 10 years as superintendent of schools in Hillsborough County, Florida, which includes Tampa.

The New York State United Teachers union issued a statement wishing Elia well.

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