Jack Lashier, director of the Iowa Hall of Pride, has announced his retirement.
Lashier’s family moved to Clear Lake from Jefferson, Iowa in 1967 when his father became Superintendent of Schools here. He was a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa at the time and spent his summers working for Reinhart Andersen’s construction company during his summers at home. He has continued to maintain his Clear Lake ties. He and his wife, Kathy, purchased a home on the lake in 2004 and have enjoyed long weekends and holidays here for the past 13 years.
Lashier began his career with the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) in 1996 when long-time Executive Director, Bernie Saggau, hired him to become director of Special Projects. His work included the creation and development of the Iowa Hall of Pride, a showcase for the accomplishments of Iowans.
The 26,000 square foot attraction opened in the Iowa Events Center on February 2005 under Lashier’s leadership and he has served as its director. Originally intended to be built on the campus of the IHSAA in Boone, it then moved to the west lawn of the Iowa State Capitol, back to Boone, and finally became permanently located within the Iowa Events Center.
Lashier shared that from the beginning his vision for the Hall of Pride was to pay tribute to all high school activities in an interactive, engaging way using technology. Evolving attractions showcase interviews with outstanding Iowans in all walks of life. Visitors are engaged with interactive exhibits and video presentations and challenged with trivia questions about Iowans who have done everything from space travel to