Long-Time ISHA Executive Director to Step Down

The International Sports Heritage Association’s long-time Executive Director, Karen Bednarski will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities after the 2021 Virtual Conference on October 31.

Bednarski became Executive Director in 2005 after an extensive career in the sport heritage industry.  Bednarski held the role as curator at the USGA Museum (1986-1996) and Director of the World Golf Hall of Fame (1996-2001).  During this time, she also served on the ISHA Board of Directors (1997-2001) and then became the Executive Director of the Golf Collectors Society (2003-2017).

During her tenure, Bednarski can be credited with assisting in growing the associations annual conference, doubling ISHA’s operating budget, adding grant programs, expanding awards, among other upgrades to member relations.

“Working with Karen during my service on the ISHA Board of Directors has been so fulfilling”, ISHA President, Dana Hart, from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame notes. “Her dedication to the organization can easily be seen in every board meeting, all correspondence and her desire to see ISHA grow”.

ISHA would like to thank Bednarski for her time and commitment to growing and bettering our association.

Bednarski would like to share with all ISHA members, “It has been a sincere pleasure to serve ISHA since 2005 and I am grateful for the opportunity, as well as the many friends and acquaintances I’ve made over the last 16 years. I wish ISHA only the best as the Association moves forward.”

Hiring for Bednarski’s replacement will begin immediately.

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