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NFHS REPORT Bob Gardner Named NFHS Executive Director

By F. Kanaby, Nfhs Executive Director, Ennis Proctor and Nfhs President


It is indeed our pleasure to announce that Bob Gardner has been chosen by the NFHS Board of Directors as the next executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. As many of you know, Bob has served as chief operating officer of the NFHS for the past 10 years and has done a superb job in that position. In addition to his 10 years with the NFHS, Bob has a long and successful background with our member state associations. He was a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) staff for 15 years, including the final five years as commissioner. At the IHSAA, Bob led the change in the football playoffs to permit participation by all schools, negotiated the association’s largest corporate sponsorship agreement in history with Farm Bureau Insurance and led the transition to multiple classes in team sports. He also was instrumental in the IHSAA winning a landmark Supreme Court case affirming the restitution rule and a Federal Court case protecting the state’s right to enforce eligibility standards. During his 40 years in secondary education – all in the state of Indiana – Bob has served at every level. He started as a teacher and coach for eight years at three Indiana high schools, including Milan High School, which won the 1954 state basketball title and led to the movie, Hoosiers. He coached football, basketball, baseball and track, and he also was athletic director at one of his stops. Bob also was a high school principal for seven years at Milan Junior-Senior High School. He had been selected to serve as superintendent of the Milan Schools as well in 1985 before he accepted the assistant commissioner’s position with the IHSAA. During his years at Milan, Bob also was a member of the IHSAA Board of Directors. Before he joined the NFHS staff in 2000, Bob served in a variety of volunteer roles with the organization. He was a voting member of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and served on the NFHS Football Officials Manual Committee. He also chaired the Fiscal/Fundin

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