Associate commissioner Tom Robinson to stay on for another year

Shift Why initiative Tom Robinson

(Ryan Casey/

AURORA — Tom Robinson, CHSAA's associate commissioner, isn't leaving the staff just yet.

The longtime CHSAA administrator will officially retire on July 1, as he had planned, but will stay in his role on a limited basis until the end of the 2017-18 school year. 

Incoming CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green asked Robinson to stay on to help in the transition of his position. Both Robinson and Blanford-Green agreed that it was in the best interest of the Association for Robinson to remain for another year.

"This will help enable stability for the membership, deepen the staff's knowledge of his role, and also ensure we replace his position appropriately," Blanford-Green said. "Tom has graciously agreed to this plan in order to assist the Association."

Said Robinson: "I'm hopeful that my decision to return will truly benefit Rhonda's vision and the Association as a whole."

Robinson will work a limited number of days throughout the year, as is allowed under PERA retirement.

A longtime on-field official, Robinson oversees all of officiating for CHSAA. He also administers golf and sportsmanship.

In addition, Robinson serves as a replay official for college football, and worked the national championship game in January.

Because Robinson is being retained, he will remain as associate commissioner, and no additional staff position will be hired for the 2017-18 school year.