Kansas State High School Activities Association executive director Gary Musselman announced Tuesday he will retire from KSHSAA in July 2018.
“I have been carefully considering my retirement decision like everyone must at some point,” Musselman said through a KSHSAA news release. “A significant part of that deliberation is based on what is in the best interests of the KSHSAA and its member schools. Stepping down at the end of next school year gives our executive board time to take the steps they need to identify an executive director elect. I am committed to working with my successor to ensure a successful transition.”
Musselman joined KSHSAA as assistant executive director in 1988 and became executive director in the 1996-97 school year.
“The conclusion of the 2017-18 school year will mark my 30th year serving on the KSHSAA staff and my 43rd year as a Kansas educator,” Musselman said. “It has been a privilege to serve the students and schools of Kansas.”
Musselman is the sixth executive director in the history of KSHSAA, following Kaye Pearce (1993-1996), Nelson Hartman (1976-1993), Brice Durbin (1962-1976), Carl Kopelk (1957-1962) and E.A. Thomas (1927-1957).
Musselman also currently serves as a board of director member and president of the (NFHS) National Federation of State High School Associations, which includes all 51 state high school associations.
“In my youth and early career as a teacher and coach,” Musselman said, “I knew little about the KSHSAA, and certainly would never have envisioned the opportunity to serve as executive director. During my 29 years I have learned and benefitted tremendously from working with colleagues across the state and throughout the nation. My decision to set a retirement date is not based on health nor problems of any kind. It is simply time to put my family first and allow myself time to enjoy another phase of life while I have the health and time to do so. I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve Kansas schools and students for 30 years.”