ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA announced at its meeting Wednesday that Executive Director Larry White will be retiring and that current Director of Finance Colleen Maguire will be leading the organization as chief operating officer, a role that includes all the duties of the executive director.
White, who had led the NJSIAA since January 2018 as executive director, is beginning a phased retirement and will step down from all day-to-day responsibilities on June 30. He will, however, remain engaged in an advisory capacity through the end of calendar 2020.
To avoid diverting attention from the return to scholastic athletics, the NJSIAA will make no further alterations to its leadership structure until after the return-to-sports matter is resolved.
“Thanks to Larry’s smooth, steady guidance of our association during his tenure as executive director, we’re perfectly positioned to continue the consistent progress our membership has enjoyed,” Mary Liz Ivins, president of the NJSIAA Executive Committee stated in a press release. “The NJSIAA is committed to a seamless, simple transition at this time, in support of our focus on getting students safely back to athletic participation. And because Colleen has had the advantage of working so closely with Larry for several years, I’m entirely confident she’ll step most effectively into the role of COO.”
White joined NJSIAA in 2005 as an assistant director. Prior to that, the West Deptford resident was a vice principal in the Pine Hill School District and a teacher in the Monroe Township School District. He also umpired minor league baseball and has coached baseball, basketball, golf, and boys and girls tennis at the high school level.
“When you experience unusual circumstances, of the type we’ve all lived through during the past several months, your perspective can change,” White says. “I’ve loved working with my colleagues and all our student-athletes, athletic directors, and coaches. But I’m ready now to spend more time with my family and take everything a bit more slowly.”
Before joining NJSIAA, Maguire worked at Commerce Bank/TD Bank, based in Cherry Hill, and began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Washington, DC. A Moorestown resident, she graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and earned her certified public accountant license in 1998. The captain of the George Washington basketball team, Maguire was inducted into the university’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
“I am looking forward to working with Colleen Maguire,“ stated Stan Fryczynski NJIC Executive Director via the NJIC’s Twitter account. “She has been a real workhorse and has shown fantastic leadership. We are lucky to have her because we need her energy moving forward in these very trying times.”
Wood-Ridge Mayor and New Jersey State Senator Paul Sarlo, who sits on the NJSIAA Oversight Committee, was enthusiastic with Maguire's selection.
"I see Colleen as dynamic new leader for the NJSIAA who is taking over during a very difficult time in society, with the return from the Pandemic and the current racial tensions," said Sarlo. "She has been very involved in all the keys issues the NJSIAA has been dealing with for the past year."
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