RECAP: FHSAA Board of Directors January Meeting

GAINESVILLE, FL (1/30/17) – The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors conducted their third meeting of the 2016-17 school year Monday in Gainesville.

Regarding the search for a new Executive Director, the search committee announced it had selected four candidates to be interviewed for the position:

  • Eddie Bonine – Executive Director for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Bonine has 22 years of public school and state association administrative experience, including nine years as a state association executive director in Nevada and Louisiana. The former Arizona high school athletic director also has 13 years of school district administrative experience in the Nevada and Arizona public school systems (6 years as an assistant superintendent, 4 years as a high school principal and 3 years as a high school assistant principal for athletics). Bonine holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. 
  • Margaret “Peggy” Jones – Educational Consultant, Indian River Schools (Fla.). Dr. Jones has 26 years of public school and state association experience, including five years as an FHSAA associate executive director and 21 years in administrative positions for the Indian River Public School system. In those 21 years with IRPS, the former high school athletic director spent more than a decade as a high school principal, six years as a middle school principal and four years as a high school assistant principal. She holds a doctorate degree in education administration. 
  • Hershel Lyons – Chancellor of Florida’s K-12 Public Schools since 2013. Chancellor Lyons has 28 years of administrative experience in the Alachua County Public School system (2 years as a deputy superintendent, 7 years as an assistant superintendent for human resources, 5 years as a high school principal, 2 years as a middle school principal and 10 years as a high school assistant principal). He also served as interim superintendent for eight months. Lyons holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. 
  • George Tomyn – Retired former Superintendent of Marion County Schools (Fla.). Tomyn has 36 years of administrative experience in the Marion County Public School system (4 years as a superintendent, 7 years as a district level executive director, 9 years as a high school principal, 1 year as an elementary principal and 15 years as an assistant high school principal). He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership.

The interviews, which are open to the public, will take place at the Robert W. Hughes FHSAA Building in Gainesville from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

In football news, the Board voted 10-1 against increasing the number from 60 to 70 players allowed to dress and participate in a Florida high school football playoff game. In addition, the Board announced football attendance rose by seven percent at this year’s state championship games at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Revenue from the event also increased by $50,000 from the previous year.

The meeting started off with Florida Athletic Coaches Association Executive Director Shelton Crews recognizing FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing and FHSAA Associate Executive Director Justin Harrison. Both Dearing and Harrison received the FACA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the improvement of interscholastic athletics in the state of Florida.

The meeting ended with Dr. Dearing recognizing outgoing Board member Dr. Lori White, the superintendent for Sarasota County Public Schools.

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ABOUT THE FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.