SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria on Monday where the Board voted to accept recommendations from IHSA Executive Director-Elect Craig Anderson to hire current Mt. Zion High School Principal Kraig Garber and Lincoln High School Athletic Director Sam Knox to serve in Assistant Executive Director roles.
“It’s a privilege to welcome Kraig and Sam to the IHSA team,” said Anderson. “The IHSA’s history is rooted in leadership from its member school principals, while athletic directors have taken on a greater role in shaping the Association’s path more recently. We are very pleased to have both perspectives represented in these hires, but even more so to be able to add two quality people and professionals.”
Garber and Knox will fill the roles created by Anderson’s ascension from his current Assistant Executive Director post to the Executive Director position in January, 2016 (following the retirement of current Executive Director Marty Hickman), as well as Assistant Executive Director Ron McGraw’s coming retirement in June.
“I am thrilled to accept the opportunity to join the IHSA staff,” said Garber. “High school sports and extracurricular activities were instrumental in my life, and through my work with the IHSA, I hope to help contribute to creating the same type of positive experiences to student participants across the state of Illinois.”
Both Garber and Knox are expected to begin their IHSA tenures in July following the conclusion of the 2015-16 school term at their respective high schools. The exact duties for both will be assigned at a later date, although Knox is expected to take on many of Anderson’s previous responsibilities, and Garber to take over many of McGraw’s duties.
“We had nearly 100 applicants for these positions,” said Anderson. “It is a humbling experience to have so many quality individuals want to be a part of the organization. Kraig and Sam both have extensive high school experiences as both students and professionals, and the leadership they have shown made it clear to our staff that they were the right fits for our current open positions.”