Ouachita Parish High School Principal Todd Guice promises that the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s search for a new executive director will follow preset guidelines.
Guice, who is chairman of the seven-member search committee, also dismissed any notions that a possible successor to Kenny Henderson has been targeted.
“We have not had any discussions about who to consider or really about any other specifics,” Guice said. “Right now, the big thing is getting the announcement out. I believe it will be posted on the (LHSAA) website on Monday so the application process will begin. I’ve already had a lot of people call me with their ideas on what we should do. I appreciate their thoughts and ideas, but I’ve told them they need to look at Article 5 of the constitution. We’re going to follow that.”
Guice said, under guidelines specified in the LHSAA’s constitution, the executive director’s position will be advertised from Oct. 27 to Nov. 21. He said there is no timeline for completing the selection process.
The search comes after Thursday’s announcement that Henderson and the executive committee had mutually agreed to part ways, effective Friday. Henderson spent seven years as head of Louisiana’s governing body for high school athletics.
Guice said once the application deadline passes, the search committee will review the applications to make sure they fit the constitution’s requirements of either five years as a school principal, 10 years as a faculty coach, a total of seven and a half years as a faculty coach/principal or three years as an assistant to the executive director.
The other executive committee members on the search committee are Reinette Guillory of Bell City, Tommy Hodges of Doyle, Mike Oakley of Iowa, Connie Williams of Mangham, Terence Williams of Redemptorist and Willie Wise of St. Charles Parish.
Guice said the search committee will turn its findings over to the full executive committee to contact interviews and make a final decision.
Guice said the committee will consider out-of-state candidates. While noting that he couldn’t speak for the search committee or the executive committee, Guice did list the qualities he’d like the next LHSAA executive director to have.
“I think we need to have someone with leadership qualities who has successfully run a school or program for a period of time,” he said. “I think you also need someone with a solid business background and who is an effective communicator.”