OSSAA appoints Dr. Mike Simpson as board president for next school year

Guthrie Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson was unanimously approved by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) board to serve as board president for the 2020-21 school year.

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The 12-0 vote came Wednesday morning during the OSSAA board of directors meeting.

“It’s a honor and a responsibility,” Simpson said in a phone interview with Guthrie News Page.

Simpson was seated on the board in August 2013 and is serving this school year as vice-president for the state-wide board.

“We got a strong board and solid leadership for the whole time I’ve been on and hope that I can carry on with the others that I have followed.”

Simpson says the OSSAA will likely be challenged next year after the loss of state basketball tournament and spring sports revenue this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but stated with reserved funds they will begin to build back for the future to help student-athletes across the state.

The board also approved, unanimously, Rusty Puffinbarger, the superintendent for Leedy Public Schools) as the vice president for the board.

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