Hilton Head Preparatory School's new headmaster was hired by the school's board at its Thursday meeting -- the same night the school's current headmaster resigned.
Andrew Summers, the chairman of the board, said the board did not know Anthony Kandel had plans to resign. Kandel's resignation is effective June 30. He was hired three years ago.
Peter Cooper, who served as the school's interim headmaster during the 2008-09 school year, will take the reins July 1.
"When Mr. Kandel offered his resignation, we were about to get in tough with Mr. Cooper who was thrilled to come back and act as headmaster," Summers said.
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Summers declined to comment on the reasons Kandel gave for resigning. Attempts to reach Kandel were unsuccessful.