Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Cory Anderson of Forest Hills Northern High School as region four Athletic Director of the Year. This is the first time Anderson has been honored with this award. One of only 14 administrators statewide to be honored by the MIAAA, Anderson will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2019, at the MIAAA Annual Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.
Anderson has served as athletic director within Forest Hills Public Schools for eight years; at one time leading two schools simultaneously. He began his career in educational athletics as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Ferris State in 1999. He then took the athletic director position at Forest Hills Eastern in 2010, adding Forest Hills Northern to his daily tasks in 2013. He has served the Ottawa-Kent Conference as division president and awards committee representative, served on multiple committees for the MHSAA, and still finds time to coach youth little league, youth football, and youth basketball.
Wyoming High School athletic director Ted Hollern says of Anderson, “While working with Mr. Anderson he has demonstrated character, class, hard work, skill, pride, and charisma.”
Northview Middle School Principal Jerry Klekotka said, “Cory puts everything into his work. He has high expectations for himself and those he serves. He has tremendous character and is well respected by all who know him. Cory has been a good mentor to me when I served as athletic director.”
Anderson graduated from Kent City High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in business education from Ferris State University, and a master’s in educational leadership from Cornerstone University. He is also enshrined in the Kent City Athletic Hall of Fame.
The MIAAA is a 60-year-old association with nearly 700 members serving as athletic administrators in numerous high schools and junior/middle schools in Michigan. As partners with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the MIAAA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the roles and profession of athletic administrators. The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of Cory Anderson—a person whose work and values best mirror those of the association.