The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has named a new associate executive director, replacing William N. Gaine Jr., who will retire after 33 years on the job.
According to a press release, Richard L. Pearson, currently principal of Medway High School, has been named Associate Executive Director of the MIAA and the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators’ Association (MSSAA). He will assume his new position in June.
Gaine will retire on June 30, 2012.
“Richard has been an active member of our two associations for many years and is well informed on the mission, responsibilities and operations of both organizations. The fact that his peers elected him to serve as MSSAA President this year is testimony to the respect he has among the educational community as a leader,'' Richard F. Neal, Executive Director, said in a statement.
The rest of the MIAA release follows:
Mr. Pearson was named principal at Medway H.S. in August, 2004. Among his many accomplishments in that position was supervising the opening of a new school. He was assistant principal at Foxborough H.S. from June, 2000 to August, 2004.
A musician by education, he holds a Bachelor in Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. He began his teaching career as Band Director in Walpole and later in Medfield. He holds a Masters in Education degree from Bridgewater State College and is currently in the process of completing course work in the doctoral program at Northeastern University.
Mr. Gaine joined the Associations as Assistant Executive Director in October, 1979 and has had major responsibility in the areas of student/athlete health and safety initiatives over the years. He also had executive responsibility for all phases of management for most Association-sponsored sports with current oversight for ice hockey, football and baseball. He was promoted to his present position in 1994.
Mr. Gaine has been the architect and catalyst for the development and growth of the MIAA’s Student Services Program which includes Sportsmanship, Wellness, Leadership, Community Service and Coaches’ Education. The MIAA and Mr. Gaine have been recognized statewide and nationally for creating programming focused on student athletes that enrich their interscholastic experience through a curriculum of educational athletics.
The MIAA is an association of 376 member schools with responsibility for regulating and promoting educational athletics in public and private high schools throughout the State. Its Mission is to serve member schools and the maximum number of their students by providing leadership and support for the conduct of interscholastic athletics which will enrich the educational experiences of all participants.
The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association represents the interests of 1,200 principals and assistant principals in high schools and middle schools throughout the Commonwealth.
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