Anne Campbell retiring as Grand Rapids AD after 11 years

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Over the past decade Grand Rapids athletics has grown producing state champions like the 2017 boys hockey team, plenty of section champions from basketball to volleyball to baseball and beyond, all under the guidance of Activities Director Anne Campbell.

Now, after 11 years leading the Thunderhawks, she’s retiring as AD.

“The Activities Director job is an awesome job. It’s also a very demanding job and there’s really no life-work balance. So I’m looking forward to having some more flexibility on my schedule, doing some other things, and also having more work-life balance,” Campbell explained.

Working in education for 40 years she added that she’s thankful for the support of other Northland ADs and all those surrounding Thunderhawks sports.

“I tell you what, we have amazing student-athletes. We have an amazing community at Grand Rapids. I feel very blessed to be able to have worked with these students and coaches. The student-athletes are why we’re in this business, right? We’re student focused, we’re education based activities, we’re an extension of the classroom,” Campbell added.

Campbell wraps up her duties as AD the first week of July. She initially took over the AD role in July 2012.

Her successor will be Thunderhawks alum, and current Grand Rapids mayor, Dale Christy.