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ersey Village High School’s Air Force JROTC Technical Sergeant Joseph CampbellJersey Village High School’s Air Force JROTC Technical Sergeant Joseph Campbell, who has participated in the volleyball community for nearly 40 years, was recently named among four new members to the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Board of Directors. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)

By Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS

JERSEY VILLAGE — The International Volleyball Hall of Fame announced the addition of four new members to their Board of Directors in September, of which one was Jersey Village High School’s Air Force JROTC Technical Sergeant Joseph Campbell.

Located in Holyoke, Mass., the International Volleyball Hall of Fame incorporated in 1978 for the purpose of planning, promoting, establishing and maintaining a living memorial of volleyball. It opened to the public in 1987, with 130 men and women representing 22 countries having been inducted going into this year’s ceremony.

“I am honored having been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Volleyball Hall of Fame,” said Campbell, who was welcomed as the board’s first international member for a three-year term expiring in 2021.

Campbell began his volleyball career while living in Misawa, Japan in 1979. Over his career, he played for 12 years, coached for 16 and served as an official for 38 more. He’s the first referee in the United States and Pan America zone to be involved in sitting volleyball and was the referee chairman for the Pan Am Zone for 18 years. He became zone president in 2012 and was reelected in 2017.

“I am excited to welcome our four newest members to the Board of Directors,” said George Mulry, International Volleyball Hall of Fame executive director. “Each person brings a unique set of skills, a passion for volleyball and the desire to envision an ambitious future for the Hall of Fame. They are all eager to work alongside our already terrific IVHF Board Members.”

Campbell was presented with the idea by Steve Bishop, hall of fame president and chairman of the board. He met the requirements and sent Bishop his resume, who then presented the recommendation to the board before a vote.

“I found out a day after the board meeting that I was voted unanimously,” Campbell said. “When he contacted me and gave me the good news, I was very happy and felt very honored to be a part of such a prestigious organization.”

Campbell is a welcome addition to the board of directors.

“This new group of impressive board members will complement our existing members as we continue to expand our board-seat geographic categories and our overall expertise. Joe will become our first internationally affiliated member,” Bishop said in a statement.

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