Lyndon Institute Director of Athletics and Activities, Paul Wheeler, will enter the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame at an awards banquet at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier on May 3, 2019. He was selected for contributions made to the school, state, and region in his 24 years of work as an administrator.
He joined the administrative team at LI in 1995 as Director of Development, then was named Assistant Head for External Affairs. In those roles, he led fundraising efforts for additions to the school’s campus which include: Daniels Hall (6 classroom math facility), John L. Norris Art Center, Bob Heath Track, and Gateway House.
For the last 16 years, Paul has served as Lyndon Institute’s Director of Athletics and Activities. The program has grown to 40+ teams and 50+ coaches during his tenure. He was LI’s track and field coach for seven years, leading the boys team to state titles in 2000 and 2002.
In 2012, Wheeler was named Vermont’s large school Athletic Director of the Year. In 2017 he was honored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as the Vermont Award of Merit recipient and was named Vermont’s Distinguished Service Award winner by the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association. He has served on the VSADA’s Executive Committee for nine years and was a two-term President of the organization.
He currently serves as chair of the VPA Golf committee and chair of the VPA Alpine Skiing committee. He is past chair and a current member of the VPA Track and Field committee.
In 2016 he was selected to represent Section 1 (the New England states, New York and New Jersey) of the National Federation of High Schools as a member of the national track and field committee. This 11 member committee sets rules and policy for high school track and field in the United States.
At Lyndon Institute, Paul’s philosophy in leading the athletics and activities program is simple. “If Lyndon Institute students are better prepared for success in life because they participated in our programs, we’ve done our job.”