FULTONDALE — Dr. Stephanie Robinson got an unexpected phone call last week.
The call came from Buddy Anderson, the legendary football coach and athletic director at Vestavia Hills High. He’s also a of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Legislative Council.
Anderson asked her to accept a nomination for a seat on the AHSAA Central Board.
“I was kind of in shock,” Robinson said last Friday. “Busby [athletic director Richie Busby] knew all about it.”
Robinson will take the place of Hoover High Athletic Director Myra Miles, who is retiring from public education and going into the private sector.
The Central Board is the top legislative body for the AHSAA, and votes on all major policy moves for the group, such as the recent decision to expand to a seven-class system.
The board is made up of one member from each of the eight districts; four bi-district members who are required to be minorities; two at-large female members; and a representative from the Alabama Board of Education. (That spot is currently held by chief of staff Dr. Craig Pouncey, who was selected to be the new Jefferson County Schools superintendent last week.)
Robinson is taking one of the two at-large women’s seats. She will also be one of only two members from greater Birmingham, according to the AHSAA website.
Miles had two years remaining in her term.
Robinson said she will go through an orientation, and will also attend the National Federation of High School Athletic Associ?ations summer meeting in Boston later this month.