Paul Powers, the athletic director for Aurora Schools, recently was selected as the 2019 recipient of its National Federation of State High School associations’ citation.

Powers was nominated by the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Administration for this award.

"I would like to thank the Aurora Board of Education and its president, Jerry Kohanski, for allowing me to be involved in outside professional organizations to benefit the Aurora community," Powers said.

The award will be presented at the National Athletic Directors Conference as part of the luncheon program, which is scheduled to take place Dec. 16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. It is set to begin at noon.

Powers is one of just eight athletic administrators in the nation to be recognized this year.

"Paul Powers is a leader," OIAAA executive director Bruce Brown said. "He has been a leader in Ohio throughout his administrative career and has willingly assumed a leadership role at all levels of the profession.

"He has helped create and promote a wide range of educational programs for his peers and coaches throughout our state. The OIAAA Summer Institute, local and state conferences and his direct involvement with growing his district and state associations are evidence of the commitment Paul has made to the profession of education-based athletics.

Powers served as president of the Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors during the 2018-19 school year.

"His hard work, dedication and service to all 822 member schools have earned him the respect of Ohio’s interscholastic administrative leaders," Brown said. "His leadership has helped guide our state athletic association through a challenging year of change and transition."

Powers has been a member of the NIAAA for 20 years and has been part of the NEOIAAA executive committee since 1995.

He also has previously served as the Suburban League president.

"Paul is a charismatic and visionary member of our OIAAA," Brown said. "He handles his duties in an extremely competent manner. He takes his responsibilities and involvement with the NIAAA activities very seriously and professionally. He works well with others and is a true team player.

"I have never hesitated to ask Paul to work with an issue or challenge because I know he will undertake the task and accomplish it in a professional manner. Whatever Paul undertakes, he will do it well."

Powers has won numerous awards during his career. He also received the OIAAA Citation Award in 2012.

"Paul’s achievements as an athletic administrator speak for themselves," Brown said. "The current challenges that we face in interscholastic athletics are fluid and come from multiple sources.

"The OIAAA, NFHS and the NIAAA are making tremendous efforts to connect and impact the school-based athletic environment. To continue the initiatives and strategies of our national association and maintain progressive momentum, we need association leaders with vision and drive.

"I can think of no better citation-award candidate than Paul Powers of Ohio."

Powers has been Aurora’s athletic director since 2008.

"We are proud to have Paul represent us in our school community and for his work done at the state level in his role with the OIAAA and OHSAA, including being its current president," Aurora High School principal Dr. Paul Milcetich said. "I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Paul over the last three years and think extremely highly of him, as do my administrative colleagues, teachers, student-athletes, coaches and parents.

"During this time and the time before I arrived at Aurora High School, Mr. Powers has proven to be an intelligent, knowledgeable, hard-working and exemplary leader, who sees the big picture and is involved on a level that extends beyond the local.

"I believe that he is an asset to the profession of education and, more specifically, the mission of integrating athletics with the high school experience. We are lucky enough to employ him but realize his reach goes beyond the borders of Aurora."