Lashier set to retire from Hall of Pride
Special to The Jefferson Herald
DES MOINES — The Jefferson High School alumnus who for 12 years has served as the founding director of the Iowa Hall of Pride will step down in 2017.
The announcement of Jack Lashier’s retirement came Feb. 1.
The planning process has begun to find the next director.
“It has been my absolute pleasure to serve as the director of the Iowa Hall of Pride for the past 12 years,” Lashier said in a statement. “I will be 70 years old in September and it is time for new leadership here and new adventures for me.”
Lashier, a 1966 graduate of Jefferson High, began his career with the Iowa High School Athletic Association in 1996, when longtime Executive Director Bernie Saggau hired him to be director of special projects.
The special project was the creation and development of the Iowa Hall of Pride, and Saggau and Lashier worked together for more than eight years to make the vision a reality.
The vision from the beginning was to pay tribute to all high school activities — including music, athletics, drama, cheerleading and dance — in an interactive, engaging way using technology.
The ever-evolving attraction would also showcase interviews with outstanding Iowans in all walks of life, to show how participation in activities helped make Iowa kids “world class people.”
The 26,000-square-foot attraction had four possible locations before it opened permanently at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Feb. 23, 2005.
Originally intended to be built on the campus of the IHSAA in Boone, it then moved to the west lawn of the Iowa State Capitol, back to Boone and finally as part of the Iowa Events Center.
When the Hall opened in 2005, Lashier was named the first director and has served in that capacity since.
The Hall operates under the motto of “the best field trip ever.”
Lashier will step down in September.