The executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is retiring.
Gary Ray will step down next January after more than eight years as head of the agency that oversees interscholastic athletics, cheerleading and band activities among its member schools.
The SSAC board of directors accepted Ray's retirement at a meeting Wednesday. A search will begin soon for Ray's replacement.
Ray has been with the SSAC since 2001. Before that he served in several capacities in the Fayette County school system. He currently serves on the board for the National Federation of State High School Associations.