Our Vision

A nation of healthy, fit and successful students.

Mission Statement

The Society utilizes advocacy, partnerships, professional development and resources to build the capacity of school health leaders to implement effective health education and physical education policies and practices that support success in school, work and life.


Founded in 1926, the Society of State Leaders of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is a national organization comprised of individuals employed in state and territorial departments of education who have program responsibilities in school health education, physical education and related areas.

The Society has a strong tradition of providing leadership at the state and national levels. In the early years of its existence, the Society led the effort to encourage appointments of directors of health, physical education and recreation in every state. The Society also played a vital role in shaping a national agenda for fitness and was instrumental in the establishment of the President's Council on Youth Fitness in 1956, now known as the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Over the years, the Society actively participated with national organizations such as the President's Council and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education to support quality school physical education programs. In the early 1990s, the Society collaborated with other national organizations to develop National Standards for Physical Education and assisted in their dissemination to local school districts. The Society also participated in the development of the Healthy People 2000: Health Objectives for the Nation which included important goals for school physical education and health education.

During the late 1980s and the 1990s, school health education positions in state departments of education increased substantially due to federally-funded programs created by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 administered by the U.S. Department of Education, and by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's program for Comprehensive School Health Education to Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS and Other Important Health Problems Among School-age Youth. The Society's membership increased as a result of the additional positions. The Society provided a forum for these new leaders to learn, share and grow professionally.

The Society also contributed to national health education initiatives including the development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, the National Health Education Standards published in 1995 and a state collaborative project to develop student assessment in health education. Additionally, the Society contributed to the writing of Health Is Academic: A Guide to Developing Coordinated School Health Programs, published in 1998.

In 1997, the Society convened representatives of four national organizations and a federal agency to author a consensus statement regarding the use of available health education and physical education resources. The statement, Putting the Pieces Together, encouraged professionals to use national standards, guidelines and assessment documents to implement quality school health education and physical education programs.

The Society remains positioned to continue its leadership role to ensure that the nations children and youth receive the most effective education possible to enable them to lead healthy, active and productive lives.

Past Society Presidents

1926-27Carl SchraderMA
1927-28William H. BurdickMD
1928-29A.G. IrelandNJ
1929-30Edgar EversMN
1930-31E.V. GravesVA
1931-32Wm. G. MooreheadPA
1932-33Wm. G. MooreheadPA
1933-34N.P. NeilsonCA
1934-35Charles ProhaskaCT
1935-36George HendricksDE
1936-37Jessie GarrisonAL
1937-38W.H. OrlonCA
1938-39Hiram JonesNY
1939-40Harry EdwardsME
1940-41Jesse W. HairLA
1941-42Bernice MossUT
1942-43Alice C. AldrichVT
1943-44Harold K. JackMN
1944-45Frank StaffordIN
1945-46George AyarsDE
1946-47Thomas FergusonMD
1947-48Charles SpencerNC
1948-49Paul E. LandisOH
1949-50Ray O. DuncanIL
1950-51Julian W. SmithMI
1951-52Verne LandrethCA
1952-53Ellis ChamplinNY
1953-54Robert YohoIN
1954-55Harley RobertsonWA
1955-56Elmer CottrellPA
1956-57George SirnioOR
1957-58Vaughan L. HallUT
1958-59Raymond MagwireVT
1959-60Zollie MaynardFL
1960-61George GroverNY
1961-62Orlo W. MillerWI
1962-63Ruth BylerCT
1963-64Herbert SteinerMD
1964-65William E. Noonan JrLA
1965-66Lewis SpearTX
1966-67Edwin G. RiceMI
1967-68Robert L. HollandOH
1968-69Harold SchreinerSC
1969-70Howard SchaubWA
1970-71Carl KnutsonMN
1971-72Gordon JensenWI
1972-73Robert LeakeUT
1973-74Carl J. HaneyKS
1974-75Mabel RobinsonAL
1975-76Frances A. MaysVA
1976-77Wanda H. JubbMI
1977-78Sal E. AbitantaNJ
1978-79Robert TaylorMO
1979-80Harvey TedfordOK
1980-81Harold D. LakeyVA
1981-82Joseph R. CarrPA
1982-83JoAnne Owens-NauslarNE
1983-84Paul L. KabarecIA
1984-85Herbert E. DrummondOH
1985-86George L. HansonMN
1986-87William O. BlairNM
1987-88Edith P. VincentDE
1988-89J. Rendel StalveyGA
1989-90Betty A. ReidMD
1990-91Spencer SartoriusMT
1991-92Mae WatersFL
1992-93Shannon L. PageID
1993-94Robert RitsonOR
1994-95Janet WilsonKS
1995-96Bob WandbergMN
1995-96Mary Thissen-MilderMN
1996-97Katherine WilburME
1997-98Sandy MazzoccoMO
1998-99Fran Anthony MeyerVA
1999-00John RayWV
2000-01Grace StevensNY
2001-02Pam TollefsenWA
2002-03Kymm BallardNC
2003-04Linda MorseNJ
2004-05Darrel LangKS
2005-06Robinette BaconNV
2006-07Bonnie EdmondsonCT
2007-08Suzie CrouchIN
2008-09Suzie CrouchIN
2009-10Lynn HammondSC
2010-11Kathleen CourtneyAL
2011-12Antionette MeeksFL
2012-13Brian GriffithMD
2013-14Brian GriffithMD
Patricia StewartID
2014-15Patricia StewartID
2015-16Patricia StewartID