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May to step away, search for next HOF executive director underway

After nearly 13 years in the position, Chris May has announced his upcoming resignation as executive director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  A search for the next executive director is underway with a planned transition in the coming months.


“I am proud of the growth, improvements and progress of the organization over the past 12-plus years,” May stated.  “While it remains an exciting time for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, I am ready for the next chapter of my career and look forward to the next executive director bringing a fresh perspective and energy to the position.”


“The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has a huge void to fill,” current President Mark Baltz stated, “but our search committee is already in place.  Chris has done a tremendous job, to say the least, since assuming the reigns from Roger Dickinson back in 2009.  The wonderful growth and enthusiasm that surrounds the Hall can be greatly attributed to Chris’ professionalism and outstanding contribution.  All of us wish him good health and great success in his future endeavors.  We all greatly value his tenure with this ‘Taj Mahal’, as I like to refer to it.  Our committee will eagerly and aggressively begin the task of seeking someone of Chris’ talent to lead the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame forward into our bright future.”


Since his hiring in June 2009, May has been a part of Hall of Fame operations and initiatives including:

  • Significant growth and all-time highs in annual membership participants and revenues, fundraiser event revenues and significant growth of overall organization assets.
  • Receipt of the four largest single gifts in organization history, one leading to the creation of the “Gifts of the Game” college scholarship program and one leading to the Hall’s 2021 significant renovation of their New Castle facility.
  • Creation and implementation of Hall of Fame social media efforts, website redesigns, increased content creation and subscriptions to “Indiana Basketball History” magazine, The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Podcast and other communication / PR efforts.
  • A five-year effort to develop and execute the organization’s Long Term Plan, securing commitment from the Henry County Council in March 2022 that paves the way for expansion of the organization’s museum in New Castle.

Interested candidates may submit materials including resume, cover letter and references to Kayla Kessler to jobs@hoopshall.com by Monday, May 2.


A job listing, with further details and responsibilities of the next executive director is available at https://hoopshall.com/job-opening-executive-director/.