(Editor’s note: National Federation of High School Associations media release)
INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Beckman, executive director of the Montana High School Association (MHSA), was elected by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors to the position of president-elect for the upcoming year.
Beckman will succeed David Jackson, who is the executive director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) and the new president of the NFHS for 2018-19. Jackson, the 59th president of the NFHS, began his one-year term July 3 following the NFHS Summer Meeting in Chicago.
Beckman was named executive director of the MHSA in 2004 after seven years as MHSA assistant director and many years as a high school administrator, instructor, coach and official.
Beckman’s association with educational administration dates to 1983, when he served as chairman of the Butte School Board for 2½ years. He was a basketball official and a member of the Montana Officials Association for several years, and he coached boys and girls basketball at Butte Central High School and Anaconda High School. He also coached Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball in Butte and Anaconda.
Following his coaching and officiating tenures, Beckman was a member of the MHSA Basketball Rules Committee and was athletic director at Butte Central. Prior to joining the MHSA office, Beckman was a teacher and activities director at Anaconda High School.
Beckman was chair of the Programs Subcommittee for the 2011-2016 Strategic Planning Committee and recently completed terms on the NFHS Network Board of Directors and the NFHS Appeal Board.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.