OSAA’s Welter to serve on national board



INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 18, 2012) — Three new NFHS Board of Directors members were approved for four-year terms, including Oregon School Activities Association executive director Tom Welter. All Board of Directors members were approved by the NFHS National Council.

Marty Hickman, executive director of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), Section 4 and Michael Rubin, principal of East Boston (Massachusetts) High School, at large, Sections 1 and 4, join Welter. All will begin their terms this year.

Kevin Charles, executive director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA), is the new president of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for 2012-13. Charles, the 53rd president of the NFHS, began his one-year term July 12 following the NFHS Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Harold Slemmer, executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), was elected by the NFHS Board of Directors to the position of president-elect for the upcoming year.

Welter, a native of Oregon, joined the OSAA in 1995 as assistant executive director and was chosen executive director in 2001.

After graduating from Oregon State University in 1971, Welter taught in Whyalla, South Australia, for three years before returning to Oregon in 1974, where he began a 20-year term of service at Central Catholic High School in Portland. He began as a teacher and coach and was the school’s athletic director for 18 years and vice principal/dean of students for 15 years.

During his years at Central Catholic, Welter was president of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA) in 1990-91. In 2010, he received the OADA Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Oregon Athletic Coaches Distinguished Service Award. He also was honored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) with the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1993 and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 1996. In 2005, Welter was inducted into the Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Among his previous service to the NFHS, Welter was a member of the Sanctioning Committee (1995-98), Football Rules Committee (1995-2004) and the Strategic Planning Committee (2008). He has made several presentations at the NFHS Summer Meeting, NFHS/NIAAA National Athletic Directors Conference and NFHS Legal Meeting.