Lakewood Ranch, Fla. -- It's been a little over a year since Sullivan's predecessor Paul Blacketter was suspended after a hidden video of an abusive outburst surfaced.
The incident ultimately led to his retirement.
Now-- CEO Bob Sullivan submitting his letter of resignation to the SANCA Board of Directors for a completely different reason.
"it was never going to be long term....i came here to retire."
He's retiring to be more connected with family. He says there wasn't a contract when he was brought on board-- but he does say the main focus was the 2017 World Rowing Championships and the events leading up to it.
"this position came up as soon as i got here, so i saw it as an opportunity to use my skill set that I've experienced of the last 35-40 years, come in and provide some leadership."
Sullivan says he will stay on board through the World Rowing Championships and into December and stresses there's a reason why he announced his resignation now--as opposed to after the championships.
"this gives them the time where we can sit down, go through the board and find out what we will be looking for in the new director. we need to make sure we get the right qualifications and solicitations."