Stevens Point (WKOW) -- from WIAA: Doug Chickering, executive director of theWisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, announced his retirement Wednesday after 45 years in the education profession to be effective July 31, 2009.
"Mr. Chickering leaves a tremendous legacy on education and interscholastic athletics in Wisconsin and the nation," said Kevin Knudson, President of the 2008-09 Board of Control. "The impact he has had on the lives of many students, athletes and school administrators is immeasurable."
"The leadership he has provided over his distinguished career has been guided by his integrity, principles and concern for others," he continued. "The WIAA and all those associated with sports inWisconsin owe him a great deal of gratitude for his lifelong service to education and interscholastic athletics."
Chickering, who has served as executive director since 1986, is only the fourth person to hold that position throughout the 113-year history of the Association.
His nearly 24 years of leadership has led the WIAA to unprecedented levels of success and popularity.
Included in his accomplishments are the addition of private schools into the Association in 2000, the substantial expansion of State Tournament Series opportunities in all sports for girls and boys, the addition of nonpublic and ethnic minority representation on the Board of Control and Advisory Council, the hiring of the current executive staff, the placing of State Tournaments in the finest facilities throughout the state, the planning and construction of the current WIAA headquarters and the guidance in enhancing exposure of high schools sports through various media platforms.
"The 23 years have passed so quickly that it is difficult to offer an adequate and concise statement that reflects this moment's emotions," said Chickering. "The people I've met and worked with bring the most memories."
"High school sports is special in Wisconsin and so many from so many walks of life contribute daily to that standing," he said. "I'm privileged to have had a leadership opportunity."
In addition to his contributions in Wisconsin, Chickering has also had an impact on interscholastic athletics at the national level.
He is completed his second term on the National Federation of State High School Associations Board in 2008.
He served in a similar capacity from 1990-93, completing that term as president of the organization in 1992-93, making him an influential sports figure both in the state and nationally.
He has also served on the NFHS New Paradigm Task Force and on a number of other national committees including Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity; Football Rules; Risk Management; and three Strategic Planning Committees, chairing the first committee in 1996.
He currently serves as chairman of the NFHS Foundation Board of Directors.
Chickering has received numerous honors during his distinguished career.
In 2003, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in recognition of his length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels.
This past summer, he was the recipient of a NFHS citation in recognition for his distinguished record of involvement and impact as a member of the Federation Foundation's Board of Directors.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
In addition, he will receive the 2009 Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award presented by the WFCA in March.
Chickering has also received special recognition for service to Wisconsin education.
In 2007, he received the prestigious Distinguished Friend of Education Award presented by the Association ofWisconsin School Administrators, and he was the recipient of a special recognition from the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators in 2001.
Furthermore, in 2003, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from UW-Eau Claire.
In recognition of his work with the statewide media, the Oakley-Lindsey Foundation committed $30,000 to theWisconsin Broadcaster's Association Foundation in the name of Doug Chickering to fully endow the WBA Foundation's Annual Sports Reporters Workshop.
Prior to becoming theWIAA's Executive Director, Chickering served on the Association's Board of Control from 1979-1985, including a year as vice president in 1980-81 and as president in 1981-82.
He began his career in education as a teacher-coach at Gilman High School in 1963.
He was named principal and athletic director in 1967, and then district administrator in 1969.
In 1974, he was named the district administrator of Marathon schools.
"For forty-five years, there's never been a morning when I haven't looked forward to going to work," Chickering said. "No two days have been the same. From my days as a teacher to my last days as an executive director, high school sports have been a big part of my life. That will not change. The truth is, I'm looking forward to being just a fan."
Chickering is a 1959 graduate of Hawkins High School.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physical sciences from the University ofWisconsin-Eau Claire in 1963.
He received a master's degree in school administration from UW-Superior in 1971.