NFHS Executive Director Announces Retirement

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At the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Winter Meeting Jan. 3, Bob Gardner, who has served as the organization’s executive director since 2010, notified the Board of Directors of his plans to retire, effective Aug. 1, CHSAANOW reported.

During his eight years as executive director, Gardner worked to promote the value of high school sports and extracurricular programming and was a staunch supporter of expanded participation opportunities for boys and girls nationwide and for students with disabilities, leading high school sports participation to rise by nearly 400,000.

Gardner also encouraged a tighter focus on risk minimization and concussion awareness, guided the expansion of the NFHS Learning Center, and is credited with starting the NFHS Network — providing widespread digital coverage of high school sports — resulting in an increase in revenue of $4 million.

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