Dick Johnson resigns

Fayetteville School District assistant superintendent and athletic director Dick Johnson has resigned, according to a release received today.

Johnson submitted his letter of resignation effective September 30, 2009, according to superintendent Vicki Thomas.

“In just the few short weeks that I have been here, I have seen the tremendous impact this gentleman has had on the lives of children,” said Thomas. “He has worked diligently to build a model athletic program as well as a student life program. He leaves a legacy of state championships, but most importantly he has been instrumental in the development of young people, both on and off the field. Dick has the true heart of a champion, and we thank him for his dedicated service to the Fayetteville Public Schools and wish him the all the best in his next endeavor.”

Earlier this year, Johnson was named the 2008-09 Arkansas Athletic Director of the Year by the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association at their annual meeting.

During his tenure as AD, more than $3 million in improvements have been made to Fayetteville School District athletic facilities, and 90% of the cost was paid by private donations.

Johnson first joined the staff at FHS as an assistant coach and teacher in 1984. After leaving briefly to coach in Gentry, he returned to Fayetteville as head football coach in 1992, and was named athletic director later that year. He was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2006.