The Football Conference has announced that chairman Brian Lee will step down from his role in 12 months.
Lee, who has been chairman for five years, made the announcement at the Conference’s annual general meeting.
Crawley Town manager Steve Evans, who won the Blue Square Bet Premier title, paid tribute to Lee’s work.
"He may be stepping down in twelve months but that will not stop him working non-stop for a competition he has helped shape into what it is today. He will be very difficult to replace," Evans said.
"Brian Lee has done a magnificent job and has made the Football Conference the wonderful competition it is today.
"You only have to look at the clubs in the competition and the standards they have to operate to. Brian has put a board of directors in place who are all accountable for their various functions and this ensures that clubs, in the main, totally fulfill the criteria for membership to the Football League."
The Football Conference has yet to reveal any timescale on a new appointment to the role.