Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.
COMMISSIONER of the OHSAA since August 1, 2004
Dan is the ninth commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. His passion and enthusiasm for secondary education, combined with his tireless efforts to promote the important role that interscholastic athletics and extracurricular programs play for students, have helped the OHSAA become one of the most respected high school associations in the country.
He has extensive experience as a school administrator in Ohio, having served as a superintendent, principal, teacher, counselor and coach for 30 years, and he also has experience as a college instructor, in manufacturing and as a contest official.
A native of Portsmouth and graduate of Columbus St. Charles High School in 1967, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Ohio Dominican College in 1971.
He began his career in education in 1971 as an elementary school teacher at Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School. The following year he moved to the Scioto County Joint Vocational School in Lucasville. He served as a social studies teacher there for two years and as a counselor for three more years. Also during that time, Dan earned his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Xavier University in 1973.
Dan left the education profession for a year in 1977 to serve as a production supervisor with the Didier-Taylor Corp., a manufacturing company in South Shore, Ky. He returned to education the following year when he became the principal at Portsmouth Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School.
After three years at Notre Dame, Dan moved to Bowling Green in 1981 and served as an instructor at Bowling Green State University while working on his doctorate degree. He completed his Ph.D. at BGSU in 1983 in educational administration and supervision.
For 21 years prior to joining the OHSAA, he served as superintendent at three different school districts, leading the Patrick Henry Local Schools in Hamler (Henry County) for three years from 1983 to 1986, the Pickerington Local Schools (Fairfield County) for 11 years from 1986 to 1997 and the Avon Lake City Schools (Lorain County) for seven years from 1997 to July 31, 2004.
Dr. Ross, who has completed additional postgraduate work at the University of Tennessee and Ohio, Ashland and Columbia Universities, also has experience as a coach, serving as the freshman and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Portsmouth Notre Dame.
In addition, Dan was registered for 20 years as an OHSAA official, where he had five boys state basketball and two girls state basketball tournament assignments and also worked in the sports of volleyball and baseball. While living in Portsmouth, he started a local chapter of the volleyball officials association. He was inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2006.
Dr. Ross was the recipient of the 2003 Superintendent of the Year Award by the Ohio Parent Teacher Association. That same year he also was named the Outstanding School Administrator by the Ohio Music Education Association. Dan was also named a 2008 Friend of Education that was presented by the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents.
Dan has represented the United States on an educational mission to the Soviet Union and represented Ohio on educational missions to China and at Columbia University. He worked with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and local boards of education on “Boardsmanship” workshops, worked with Georgia Southern University on “Projects for Youth at Risk” and was a member of an OHSAA ad hoc committee to review the bylaws and constitution. He recently served on the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Review Committee and recently chaired the National Federation of State High School Associations 2008-11 Strategic Planning Committee.
He is also past president and was a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents, and, as president of the Avon-Avon Lake Rotary Club, he represented Northeast Ohio on a Rotary International service project in Costa Rica.
In addition, Dr. Ross was an adjunct professor at Ohio University, Bowling Green State University and Baldwin-Wallace College.
Dan and his wife, Kristine, have four grown children. Daughter Heather and her husband, Adam, reside in Eric, Colo., and have two children, Brayden and Mia. Heather earned her bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State University, her master’s degree from Mississippi State University and currently is an underwriting assistant with ICAT while also working on graduate studies at Penn State. Son Nathan is a graduate of Ohio University, is director of sales with the Mendix Corporation and resides in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Valerie, and their two children, William and Ruby. Son Joseph is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in San Diego with their children, Jackson and Maya, and Joseph is vice president of property insurance with V3 Insurance Partners. Son John graduated from Bowling Green State University, completed his M.B.A.s at Cleveland State and Northwestern universities and works for LexisNexis as a regional manager. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Cleveland with their children, Alayna, Evan and Natalie.
Promoted to Associate Commissioner for
Operations prior to the 2008-09 school year, Bob’s main duties are to serve
as the office’s chief liaison with the membership and staff in the absence
of the Commissioner; plan in- and out-of-office staff and Board of Directors
meetings; oversee the Director of Information Services and his staff; assist
in the areas of media and public relations, publications, marketing and
promotions and budget planning, and oversee special projects. He has been
involved in several OHSAA committees, including Media Advisory;
Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity; Competitive Balance; Expanding
Opportunities; District Athletic Board Review; Division I Football
Tournament; Cross Country Tournament, and Association Outreach.
A 1977 graduate of Orrville High School, he holds two degrees from The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1981 and a Master of Arts degree in sport management in 1982.
Deborah B. Moore
Prior to his selection to join the
OHSAA staff, Jeff served as the Ohio State Superintendent of Public
Instruction’s ex-officio representative to the OHSAA Board of Directors from
2001 to 2011. From January 2006 to June 2011, he served with the Ohio
Department of Education as the Director of Finance Program Services, where
he was responsible for providing specialized expertise in school finance for
Ohio’s nearly 2,000 traditional school districts, community schools,
non-public schools and other educational entities as well as managing the
oversight of districts in fiscal caution, watch and emergency. From 2001 to
2010, Jeff was responsible for the Office of Federal and State Grants
Management, the division that manages over $1 billion in Federal and state
grant funds each year, and he was the co-developer of the Comprehensive
Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) used by Ohio’s school districts to plan
program resources and obtain grant funding for educational programs. Prior
to that, he served with the Ohio Auditor of State from 1995 to 2001 as an
Assistant Auditor, Auditor-in-Charge, and Deputy Auditor managing audits of
the Departments of Education and Taxation, Rehabilitation Services
Commission, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and the Treasurer of
A graduate of Galion Northmor High
School in 1990, Jeff was class salutatorian. He received his bachelor’s
degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1995,
majoring in accounting. During his time at the university, Jeff was a member
and squad leader in The Ohio State University Marching Band, a member of Phi
Eta Sigma/Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honoraries and served as an intramural
softball umpire and intramural basketball and flag football official.
Jeff served as the first two-time
president of The Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL) Alumni Club
from 2007 to 2009 after serving as the club’s treasurer and vice president.
He is currently secretary of the club. Additionally, in February 2012, he
began a five-year term as a member of The Ohio State University Alumni
Association Board of Directors, serving as the chair of the audit committee
for two years and currently chairing the finance and investments committees
while also serving as board treasurer. Additionally, he became an OHSAA
registered basketball official in 1991 and officiated in OHSAA Girls State
Basketball Tournament in 2008. Since 1991, Jeff has served as a Judicial and
State Government Section Consultant and Counselor for the American Legion
Buckeye Boys’ State program, a non-partisan government workshop for high
school seniors. He has also been a member of the Government Finance Officers
Association, the Association of Education Federal Financial Administrators,
Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors and an
affiliate member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jeff
was named as a recipient of the William Oxley Thompson Award by The Ohio
State University Alumni Association for distinctive career achievement and
civic involvement prior to age 36 in 2007 and as the Elvin Donaldson Most
Inspirational Alumni Band Member in 2009. In 2014, Jeff was honored with an
award for Service to Officiating by the Central District Athletic Board.
Jeff resides near Mount Gilead with
his wife Robin and sons Myles (11) and Chase (7).
Jerry began his
career in 1977 as teacher and coach in the Defiance City Schools, coaching
baseball, basketball and football. He taught and became the head boys
basketball coach at Morral Ridgedale High School between 1980 and 1982
before serving as a teacher and middle school athletic director in the Bryan
City Schools during the 1982-83 school year.
Jerry was hired by
the Findlay City Schools in 1983 to teach physical sciences. He also served
as an assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Findlay High School until
1991, when he was promoted to the schools’ head boys’ basketball coach. He
served in that capacity through 1999. Overall, he spent 25 years at Findlay,
the last 16 as the school’s athletic director. Jerry was inducted into the
OIAAA (Ohio Athletic Directors) Hall of Fame in October of 2010 and was
selected as the OHSAA’s Naismith Meritorious Service Award recipient in 2010
Between 2002 and
his employment at the OHSAA, Jerry was elected to serve on the OHSAA’s
Northwest District Athletic Board, and he was elected to a two-year term on
the OHSAA Board of Directors between 2005-07, serving as the Board’s
president in 2006-07. He also has been a trustee with the OHSAA Foundation
and currently serves on the University of Findlay’s Sport & Hospitality
Management Advisory Board and the Wilson Football Hall of Fame. In addition,
Jerry served as an announcer and color analyst for WTLW-TV in Lima and
Buckeye Cable Sports Network in Toledo and was honored by the District 8
Basketball Coaches’ Association as its Media Award recipient in 2003.
A 1973 graduate of
Upper Sandusky High School, Jerry earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling
Green State University in 1977 and a master’s degree from the University of
Dayton in 1989.
He and his wife
Barb, a nurse consultant with HCR-Manor Care, reside in Findlay and have two
grown children, a grandson and granddaughter.
From 1999 to 2003, Tim served as the sports information director at his alma mater, Bluffton University, in Northwest Ohio. He is a 1998 graduate of Bluffton and played football and baseball while majoring in computer science and secondary education. Tim taught at Elida High School during the 1998-99 school year. He is a 1994 graduate of Marion Pleasant High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball.
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