Eight Members of the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association have been re-elected to continue their service, and a ninth member has been re-appointed for a second team while a second appointee joined the Council beginning with its annual Fall Meeting on Dec. 4.
All eight re-elected members ran unopposed. Continuing their service as elected members of the Council are Midland High School athletic director Eric Albright, representing Class A and B schools from the northern section of the Lower Peninsula; Portage Northern High School athletic director Chris Riker, Class A and B schools from the southwestern section of the Lower Peninsula; Brighton High School athletic director John Thompson, Class A and B schools from the southeastern section of the Lower Peninsula; Calumet assistant principal and athletic director Sean Jacques, Class C and D schools from the Upper Peninsula; and Maple City Glen Lake assistant principal and athletic director Mark Mattson, Class C and D schools from the northern section of the Lower Peninsula.
Also elected to continue in their service were Grand Haven Area Public Schools assistant superintendent Scott C. Grimes as one of two statewide at-large representatives, Clare Middle School principal Steve Newkirk as one of two junior high/middle school representatives, and the Archdiocese of Detroit’s director of physical education & athletics Vic Michaels to represent private and parochial high schools. All eight were elected to two-year terms.
Additionally, Novi High School principal Nicole Carter was re-appointed for a two-year term. Appointed for a first two-year term was Judy Cox, who serves as principal at Bay City Western High School.
Grimes was re-elected as Council president, Newkirk as vice president and Michaels as secretary-treasurer all to serve through the 2021 Fall Meeting.
The Representative Council is the 19-member legislative body of the MHSAA. All but five members are elected by member schools. Four members are appointed by the Council to facilitate representation of females and minorities, and the 19th position is occupied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee. The Council meets three times annually, in addition to specially-scheduled meetings as have been frequent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Five members of the Council convene monthly during the school year to form the MHSAA’s Executive Committee, which reviews appeals of Handbook regulations by member schools.
Additional elections took place to select representatives to the Upper Peninsula Athletic Committee. West Iron County principal, athletic director and football coach Mike Berutti was elected to represent athletic coaches, and Lake Linden-Hubbell athletic director and boys basketball coach Jack Kumpula was elected to represent Class D schools.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.