Ron Hershberger Elected President of U.S. Figure Skating

Ron Hershberger

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(5/7/05) — U.S. Figure Skating delegates elected Ron Hershberger as president of U.S. Figure Skating today at the 2005 Governing Council Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Hershberger received 760 of the 1,386 votes available through delegates and proxies. Ron Pfenning collected 487 votes.

Hershberger briefly addressed the delegates after the results were announced.

“I received an honor when I was voted in unanimously [for president] by the Board of Directors (last month in a special session), and now I am doubly honored by the action here today,” Hershberger said. “U.S. Figure Skating recently published a brochure with the motto ‘Start small, dream big.' As the national governing body of figure skating in the U.S. … we are well past the point of starting small, and I am confident that we can now start dreaming big and ultimately realize our goals.”

Incumbent Hershberger, the former first vice president, was elected to the presidency by the Board of Directors in a unanimous vote of those present during a special session on Monday, April 11. At that time, Hershberger filled the term vacated by Chuck Foster on Feb. 3, 2005.

Hershberger has served on the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors for 15 of the last 16 years. He has served on numerous committees, was the chair of the Ethics Committee from 1996-1999, was the secretary from 1992-1995 and 1999-2002, and vice president from 2002 to 2005. He was the chair of the local organizing committee for the 1992 World Championships in Oakland, Calif., and is also a sectional announcer.

Hershberger's daughters Alison and Rhonda were skaters during their youth, and Alison currently judges while Rhonda coaches. Hershberger resides in San Francisco, Calif., with his wife Gayle.

Other Saturday News From Governing Council

Approved Rule 3730 to permit adult events to be open to competitors who are 21 years of age or older at the close of entries

Approved Rule 3292 to define the adult age groupings as follows:
Class I: 21-28
Class II: 29-35
Class III: 36-45
Class IV: 46-55
Class V: 56 and over

Approved the use of the ISU judging system as the official marking and result calculation system for U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competitions in singles, pairs, dance and synchronized skating.