Dobson to Step Down at Focus on the Family
Dr. James Dobson, conservative minister and radio host, announced Friday he will step down as chairman of the religious group Focus on the Family.
The announcement comes on the wake of much criticism and scrutiny the organization has faced for its recent political involvement and staunch conservative views.
Dobson will remain a key figure at Focus on the Family and will continue hosting his radio show, writing books, and speaking on family issues, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Patrick P. Caruana, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, will replace Dobson as chairman.
Though Dobson was criticized for first opposing then choosing to support Sen. John McCain in last year's presidential election, he maintained that his decision had nothing to do with politics.
"One of the common errors of founder-presidents is to hold to the reins of leadership too long, thereby preventing the next generation from being prepared for executive authority," Dobson said in a statement.
Before founding Focus on the Family, Dobson worked as a psychologist at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and as pediatrics professor at the University of Southern California.
Though he will no longer hold the reins at Focus on the Family, Dobson's legacy will live on at the organization.
"He'll continue to be a voice to be reckoned with," Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for Focus on the Family, told the Los Angeles Times. "He'll still be very front and center."