Marty Hickman

Class of 2014

Bloomington | IHSA

Marty Hickman was named an assistant executive director by the IHSA Board of Directors and joined the administrative staff July 1, 1991 and promoted to Associate Executive Director on July 1, 1999. On June 14, 2001, Hickman was named to replace Dave Fry as executive director of the IHSA, upon Fry’s retirement in June, 2002.

A Colorado native who grew up in Illinois and graduated from New Berlin High School, Marty earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in educational administration from University of Illinois – Springfield. In 1994, he received his doctorate in education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

He began his career in education as a teacher and a coach at Girard High School from 1980-83. From 1983-85 Marty was the principal of Bluffs Jr.-Sr. High School. For the next two years he was the principal of Westmer Secondary School and in 1987 was named the principal of Monmouth High School where he remained until joining the IHSA staff.

Marty has served as the Chairperson of the National Federation of State High School Association’s Strategic Planning Team. Marty is also a member of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Board of Directors, the Special

Olympics (Illinois) Board of Directors, and the CSIET Board of Directors.

Marty and his wife, Nancy, reside in Bloomington. They have two sons.