OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts is no longer president and CEO of the Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children.

The charity said in a statement Monday that Watts plans to pursue other interests and that Chief Operations Officer Travis Arnold will serve as interim CEO.

Watts was announced as the head of the charity in January and took over the role on Feb. 1.

Watts in the 1990s became the first black Republican congressman from the South since Reconstruction after previously serving as an Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner. He was a quarterback at University of Oklahoma and played professional football in Canada.

Feed the Children works to end childhood hunger both domestically and abroad and provides food, essentials, educational supplies, medicine and disaster relief in the U.S. and internationally.