Winterset native Jean Berger has been named the new executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. She succeeds Mike Dick, who is retiring on August 31.
Berger has been serving as the interim athletic director at the University of Northern Iowa since Troy Dannen resigned to take a similar post at Tulane.
“I am honored, humbled and very excited to be selected as the next Executive Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union” said Berger. ” I am looking forward to working with the IGHSAU board of directors and staff along with all of the athletic administrators and coaches in Iowa.”
Berger has been at Northern Iowa since 2008. She is the direct supervisor for five Panther sports: women’s basketball, softball, tennis, soccer and volleyball. She oversees academic services and athletic training while monitoring Northern Iowa’s gender equity plans.
Prior to coming to Northern Iowa, Berger spent 17 years at Drake University. She was named Drake’s senior women’s administrator in 1994 and was assistant athletic director for internal affairs. In 2005, she was promoted to associate athletic director. Berger supervised 11 programs at Drake.