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IHSA Promotes Gibson to Associate Executive Director
POSTED 1:58 p.m. 4/21/10 The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors has promoted IHSA Assistant Executive Director Kurt Gibson to the position of Associate Executive Director.

The move happened at the IHSA's meeting on Tuesday (April 20). Gibson becomes the fourth individual in the Association's history to earn that title, joining current Executive Director Marty Hickman, David Fry and Don Robinson as the latest to hold that rank. Hickman became the Associate Executive Director in 1991 and followed Fry as Executive Director in 2002.

"Kurt has exhibited a natural ability to lead since joining our staff," said Hickman. "His personality, intellect and demeanor have helped him ascend to a leadership position among our staff and Association. He has continually taken on greater responsibility during his time here and has stepped outside his background in education and athletics to successfully implement initiatives like our Performance-Enhancing Drug Testing Program. I believe this appointment is a fitting reward and I look forward to working more closely with Kurt on meeting the needs of our member schools."

Gibson is currently the administrator for boys basketball, boys golf and boys and girls gymnastics. He is also charged with coordinating coop teams, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, foreign exchange student eligibility, corporate sponsorships and the all-school mailing.

"I am humbled, honored and very appreciative of the Board's support," said Gibson. "I look forward to taking on any additional responsibilities that may accompany my new position and will continue to do my best to serve our member schools."

Gibson began his current role with the IHSA in July of 2002, following two years as the Principal at Erie High School. The Belvidere native began his teaching and coaching career in the Iroquois West school district before assuming similar roles at Coal City High School, Hinckley-Big Rock High School and Manteno High School. He moved into administration at Manteno in 1998, serving as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director and was named the middle school Principal the next year, before assuming the same role at Erie High School in 2000.

The Belvidere High School graduate earned a Bachelor's Degree in Radio/TV and Speech from Bradley University in 1988 and a Master's Degree in Education from Governor's State University in 1999.

(Illinois High School Association)
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