The Illinois High School Association has selected the seventh executive director in its 114-year history.
Craig Anderson will take over the position in January after current executive director Marty Hickman retires.
Anderson served as athletic director at Washington Community High School from 2005 until 2010.
Anderson is now the Bloomington-based IHSA’s administrator for football, baseball and wrestling. He also oversees IHSA’s officials department.
The IHSA says Anderson has been involved in a number of safety initiatives. They include limits on contact in football practices.
Anderson takes over as the IHSA faces a class-action lawsuit over concussions filed late last year. The organization is the first prep sports governing body in the country to face such a lawsuit.
The IHSA oversees high school sports in Illinois and has about 800 member schools.
“Craig has shown tremendous leadership in his time at the IHSA,” says Wauconda Principal and IHSA Board President Dan Klett in a news release. “We considered and interviewed several impressive candidates, both internally and externally, but the committee came away from Craig’s interview confident that his experience, both in the high school and since joining the IHSA, makes him the right person to lead the IHSA into its next era.”
“I look forward to working very closely with Dr. Hickman and the rest of the staff in the coming months as we transition together,” Anderson is quoted in IHSA news release. “I am extremely enthusiastic for this opportunity to expand my role at the IHSA and work closely with our member schools to serve the students participating in IHSA sports and activities.”