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Longtime director of the MHSAA announces his retirement

Posted at 2:25 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 14:25:04-04

The Executive Director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Jack Roberts, will retire in August.

Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA since the fall of 1986.

Roberts will conclude his time there as the second-longest serving full-time Executive Director during the MHSAA’s 94-year history.

“I don’t think anybody could have been luckier than I to enjoy their work so much and to enjoy the people he worked with so much,” Roberts said. “It has been a blessing to be able to bring my passions to work every day and be able to act on my convictions. I don’t think anybody could ever feel more called to a job than I did. In fact, this wasn’t a job at the MHSAA. The MHSAA was my purpose for these three decades.”

In a press release from the MHSAA, the organization stated that "under Roberts’ leadership, overall participation in high school athletics in Michigan has increased 10 percent, and the MHSAA has added more than 200 schools in increasing its membership by more than 15 percent at the high school and junior high/middle school levels combined. Most recently, in 2016, 6th-graders were allowed to compete for member schools for the first time as a push was made to increase junior high/middle school membership and serve the state’s students earlier in their athletic careers."