The much heralded president of the New York City School Construction Authority, which is in the midst of a five-year $4.3 billion capital program, abruptly tendered his resignation on Friday and made it effective Oct. 15.

The 53-year-old retired two-star Army major general, Charles E. Williams, was just beginning the last year of a three-year contract with the authority. His successor has not been named, city officials said.

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