Serving as an Athletic Administrator for twenty-two years, Dr. Ralph Swearngin will retire as the Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association on June 30, 2014. Swearngin started at the GHSA in 1992 as the Commissioner of Officials and served in that capacity for eight years. In 2000, he was appointed as Deputy Director for the organization. One year later, Swearngin was selected as the Executive Director of the GHSA and has led the organization through many changes.
Swearngin received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Whittier College in California and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. He served as a professor of Psychology and Education, coach, and Athletics Director at Atlanta Christian College. He is an Author and Speaker in the areas of coaching and officiating.
A football official in Georgia and California for more than twenty years, Swearngin is a member of the National Federation Football Rules Committee, Past Chairman of the National Federation Softball Rules Committee, and a member of the NFHS Hall of Fame Screening Committee.
Swearngin is involved in many civic and professional organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Association of Sports Officials, the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, and Point University.
In 1992, Swearngin was inducted as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Dr. Swearngin is married with two adult children and four grandchildren.