Perry Community School District Superintendent, Clark Wicks, has been selected as a recipient of the “Outstanding School Administrator Award” from the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association. The presentation for the award will be held in Coralville, Iowa on Sunday, March 25, 2018. This year’s convention marks the 50th anniversary for the IHSADA.


Wicks, who has been in his role for seven months, took over as Superintendent following the retirement of then-Superintendent, Lynn Ubben. Ubben received the Administrator of the Year award in 2016.


Wicks joins Superintendent Tim Miller, of Valley in West Des Moines for the School Administration honor.


To be a recipient, applications were filled out and turned in by Oct. 20 to IHSADA Historian, Mark Brighton.


“We look at what they’ve done for their school and community and then we look at years of service,” said IHSADA Historian, Mark Brighton.


Wicks received the letter from the Athletic Directors Association and felt surprised and honored, he says.


The next day, he met with Tom Lipovac, Director of Student Activities at PCSD.


”As I visited with Mr. Lipovac and reflected on the thirty years of being in athletics and administration, varying from coaching to being a basketball official for 28-29 years, I had a lot of good memories of all the players that I worked with, the coaches, and the parents, that I’ve worked with,” said Clark Wicks, Superintendent of PCSD. “I love athletics - I love what it can do for kids.”


Wicks feels very honored, he says.


“I’m just happy that I’ve had a chance to be involved with a number of different levels in athletics,” Wicks said.


According to Tom Lipovac, Director of Student Activities at PCSD, the following excerpts were included in Wicks’ application:


“Mr. Wicks seeks the opportunity to energize the staff and to develop a strong bond between the school and the community.


Mr. Wicks develops a solid network of interactions in our school district. Areas of focus include attractiveness, recruitment, and efficiency. Building strong and synergistic relationships is a core value. His ability to unite and to motivate is a driving force in our community. The vision of “One Team, One Purpose” guides decision making and encourages students and staff to become the best version of themselves. He has a contagious positive energy and outlook identifying obstacles as opportunities striving to turn challenges and trials into championships and triumphs.


Clark Wicks is a valued leader in the Perry Community School District. His leadership is designed to bring out the best in the students and the staff of Perry, Iowa.”