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New MHSAA Executive Director named

Posted: 3:31 PM, May 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-08 19:31:45Z

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has named their new Executive Director.

On Tuesday, they announced that Mark Uyl would be the new leader of the association.

Uyl replaces Jack Roberts, who announced his retirement last month. Roberts was in charge of the MHSAA since the fall of 1986. He will retire in August.

“Mark was the obvious choice to become the next executive director of the MHSAA,” Roberts said. “Mark has the proper student-focused perspective of educational athletics, excellent person-to-person communications skills and a deep practical understanding of what is happening day to day in school sports in our state and nationally.”

Uyl is currently the Assistant Director for the MHSAA. He was selected as the next E.D. of the association by the MHSAA's Representative Council at their spring meeting last weekend.

“Mark has spent the past 14 years as a highly effective assistant director for the MHSAA,” said Representative Council President Scott Grimes, who serves as Assistant Superintendent of Human Services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. “He is a proven leader in the organization committed to providing outstanding service to both internal and external constituents. The positive relationships he has fostered with school administrators will help make this a very smooth transition.”

He has been with the MHSAA since 2004. He was formerly a high school teacher, coach, and administrator as well as a sports officiator.

“The foundation built here by Jack Roberts over the last 32 years is the strongest in the country, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead our staff in building on that foundation,” Uyl said. “There will be many ways we’ll continue to protect the same values of educational athletics, while also looking for new ways and new opportunities to best serve the students and our member schools in Michigan.”

Uyl lives in Dewitt with his family.

News 10's Tim Staudt will have more on this story at 6 PM.