The head of the Miss America Organization has stepped down months before the September pageant in Atlantic City.
CEO and president Art McMaster tells The Press of Atlantic City he needed to take a break after bringing the pageant back to the seashore resort.
McMaster has been with the organization for 14 years, becoming its head in 2004.
The organization’s vice president, Sharon Pearce, will serve as interim president. Board chairman Sam Haskell will take over as CEO.
The new Miss America will be crowned on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.