Timothy Hileman takes over as Special Olympics Michigan President and CEO effective August 2, 2018.

The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) has announced the appointment of Timothy Hileman as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective August 2, 2018. He will lead the grassroots movement for the empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.

Every day, Special Olympics uses the transformative power and joy of sports to build positive attitudes and create an inclusive world for all.

In his role, Hileman is responsible for leading a team of 40 professionals in Michigan who are addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation of people with intellectual disabilities by delivering the Special Olympics Michigan mission across all 83 counties and empowering more than 27,000 athletes to be productive citizens in their communities, leading to a more welcoming and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics Michigan holds six state-level competitions and more than 700 local and regional competitions annually and is powered by more than 35,000 coaches and volunteers who help make the grassroots operations possible.

"I am honored to serve as next President and CEO of Special Olympics Michigan," said Hileman. "I have always been inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of all of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff of SOMI. I am committed to bringing this same passion and enthusiasm to work every day as we continue the global movement of inclusion and equality."

Hileman has spent his life and career focusing on increasing recreational and athletic opportunities for individuals of all abilities. For the past eight years, he has served as the Executive Director of IKUS Life Enrichment Services and Indian Trails Camp, an organization which provides summer camp and year-round services to 3,000 individuals with disabilities in Michigan. During his time with IKUS and Indian Trails Camp, Hileman helped triple the organizational budget, completed numerous capital projects, and quadrupled the number of individuals served each year while also increasing the overall quality of their experiences.

"Timothy was the board's unanimous choice," said Juliet Dragos, Special Olympics Michigan Board Chair. "His experience, passion, knowledge and leadership skills will take Special Olympics Michigan into the future."

Hileman is a Michigan native, having grown up in Harbor Beach. He graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a Masters of Management degree with an emphasis on nonprofit management. He and his wife Kristin have three children, Aaron, Leah and Eli.

Hileman takes over for outgoing President and CEO, Lois Arnold, who is retiring on August 1, 2018 after 38 years with the organization, including the past 27 as President and CEO.