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High School Officials are People – They Deserve to be Treated with Respect

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director

Periodically, The NFHS Voice will be presented in the form of video. This week, NFHS CEO Karissa Niehoff says the people officiating high school sports are community members just like the fans in the stands. During the day, the individuals officiating high school sports are schoolteachers, accountants and police officers. They officiate as a hobby or a second job, and they do it because they love these games and want to provide opportunities for students to participate in sports. Above all, they deserve to be treated with respect.

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff is in her sixth year as chief executive officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the first female to head the national leadership organization for high school athletics and performing arts activities and the sixth full-time executive director of the NFHS. She previously was executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for seven years.