On Feb. 16, 1921, the first meeting of what would become the Wisconsin Association of School Boards was held at the State Capitol in Madison. In recognition of the upcoming centennial anniversary, beginning in March 2020, the WASB is featuring a decade of highlights from the association’s past. Each month, we’ll add another decade. We invite you to come back to this page throughout the year.
As part of the centennial celebration, the WASB is sponsoring a special award for the 2020 National History Day. Encourage your students to participate and/or become a judge.
George Tipler was the first executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. George was elected to the Allenville School Board (now part of the Winneconne School District) in 1944. He served on his local school board until 1973. In 1950, George was elected to the WASB Board of Directors. In 1954, he resigned as vice president of the board to accept the appointment as the first employee of the association. During his tenure, the WASB dramatically expanded its services to member boards. While WASB executive director, George was also instrumental in creating the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association. After a career as a tireless advocate for the boys and girls of Wisconsin, he retired in 1988. George passed away in 2006 at the age of 88.
Ken Cole was the second executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards from 1988-2005.