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IHSA Board Welcomes Kraig Garber & Sam Knox To IHSA Staff In Assistant Executive Director Roles
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria on Monday, December 14, 2015, where the Board voted to accept recommendations from IHSA Executive Director-Elect Craig Anderson to hire current Mt. Zion High School Principal Kraig Garber and Lincoln High School Athletic Director Sam Knox to serve in Assistant Executive Director roles.
"It's a privilege to welcome Kraig and Sam to the IHSA team," said Anderson.
Garber and Knox will fill the roles created by Anderson's ascension from his current Assistant Executive Director post to the Executive Director position in January, 2016 ( following the retirement of current Executive Director Marty Hickman), as well as Assistant Executive Director Ron McGraw's coming retirement in June.
The exact duties for both will be assigned at a later date, although Knox is expected to take on many of Anderson's previous responsibilities, and Garber to take over many of McGraw's duties.
Kraig and Sam both have extensive high school experiences as both students and professionals, and the leadership they have shown made it clear to our staff that they were the right fits for our current open positions."
Bios on Kraig and Sam are posted below.
KRAIG GARBERA 1998 graduate of Carrollton High School, Kraig Garber participated in football, basketball, and track & field during his time as a high school student-athlete.
A fourth-place long jump finisher in the state meet as a senior, he earned a track & field scholarship to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) that set a career in education in motion.
"I am thrilled to accept the opportunity to join the IHSA staff," said Garber.
"High school sports and extracurricular activities were instrumental in my life, and through my work with the IHSA, I hope to help contribute to creating the same type of positive experiences to student participants across the state of Illinois."
Garber rose to the Principal position at his alma mater, Carrollton High School, in 2010, and then moved into the same role at Mt. Zion in 2012.
In his short time at Mt. Zion, Garber has made a significant impact on students and teachers, as well as on the school's extracurricular programs.
His tenure encompassed the two highest PSAE testing scores in school history, the implementation of a book study program for employees aimed at social and emotion growth, and facility improvements that include the installation of an artificial turf football field, a new track, and the addition of a field house and auditorium.
Additionally, he collaborated with the school's ATC to help facilitate Mt. Zion becoming one of the first high schools in the country to integrate the Vector mouth guard impact intelligence system, which measures athlete contact in real-time.
"Kraig has climbed the ladder very quickly," said Anderson.
"It is very clear from the moment that you meet him that he is a great communicator with a clear vision.
In each of his professional roles he has set defined goals and used innovation and hard work to achieve them.
Carrollton and Mt. Zion have both benefited greatly from his time there, and we expect that he will do great things representing our 800-plus member schools in the future."
Garber graduated from SIUE with a Bachelor's Degree in History/Secondary Education and a minor in Political Science in 2003.He has since gone on to complete a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from SIUE, as well as a Specialist Degree in Education and Superintendent Endorsement from Eastern Illinois University.
His teaching career began at Carrollton High School in 2003, and his time prior to moving into administration included coaching boys' basketball, girls' basketball, track & field, and tennis at the grade and high school levels.
Garber was named the Assistant Principal at Carrollton's Middle/High School in 2009 and took over the high school principal duties the following year.His three years there as principal included the implementation of learning communities and introducing a math/literacy program that helped significantly increase state testing scores.
"I believe that relationships are the most important aspect of any job," said Garber.
"I am anxious to begin serving and developing positive relationships with the member schools for the benefit of their programs and students.
I would like to thank the IHSA staff and Board of Directors for allowing me the opportunity to join their team to help contribute to the continuing success of the Association."
A member of the Illinois Principals' Association and current Vice-President of the Apollo Conference,
Garber ran for a vacant seat on the IHSA Legislative Commission earlier this year.
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