LIMA - The Northwest Conference principals voted at today's regularly scheduled conference meeting to name Mr. Jim Raabe of Bluffton as the next commissioner/secretary of the NWC effective July 1, 2013.

Raabe will succeed Mr. Mike Mullen, who was hired as commissioner/secretary of the conference in March, 2006 following a 31 year career as the Sports Director and play-by-play announcer for WIMA Radio in Lima.
Mr. Mullen informed conference officials earlier this year that he intended to retire from the position at the end of the 2012-13 school year, and asked that a replacement be named early enough to ensure a smooth transition.
Mr. Raabe recently retired after 30 years as an accounting / business teacher and athletic administrator in the Bluffton school system. He holds an accounting degree from Capital University in Columbus and a Masters in Business Education from Bowling Green State University.
Mr. Raabe also served as Athletic Director at Bluffton High School for more than half of his career and in 2010 was chosen as the Athletic Director of the Year by the Northwest Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NWOIAAA).