Charleston Preservation Society Director Evan Thompson has resigned to take a position in Texas, The Post and Courier has learned.

Thompson steered the nation's oldest membership-based preservation group for four years and won national acclaim for his dynamic leadership.

Thompson did not return messages left this week, but multiple sources said he met with the society's staff and board to announce his departure, which has not been announced by the group.

Thompson, who received a law degree from the University of Texas, worked as a lawyer in private practice before becoming director of the Historic Beaufort Foundation, a position he held for six years.

Four years ago, he moved to Charleston to take the society's director post and soon was lauded for his energy and initiatives, which included nominating an annual "Seven to Save" list, expanding awareness of African-American historic sites, and helping lead Charleston's fight against the cruise ship industry.

In 2011, Thompson received the first ever American Express Aspire Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The society was founded in 1920. It has a few thousand members and an annual budget of about $1 million. It also runs Charleston's fall candlelight house tours, as well as a bookstore at 147 King St.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.