Chuck Schroeder, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), will resign March 1.

Schroeder, who has been with NCBA since 1995, will become executive director of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.

Terry Stokes, NCBA executive vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as interim CEO. A search committee will be formed to name a permanent replacement as soon as possible.

During his tenure, Schroeder completed the merger of the National Livestock and Meat Board and the National Cattlemen's Association. He led the development of an industry strategy that helped to increase beef demand after a 20-year slide.

In addition, his reorganization of NCBA's Washington office and successful implementation of a public policy strategy, among other things, led to the repeal of the death tax.