Educator & sports official
According to Wikipedia,
Edward E. "Ed" Hightower is an American educator and former college basketball referee. Hightower has refereed 12 NCAA Division 1 Final Fours. He also officiated the 1990 World Championship of Basketball in South America, the European Basketball Championship in 1993, and the Goodwill Games in 1994 and 1998. He is a frequent official in Big Ten and Big East games. Hightower was voted the Naismith Division I Men’s College Basketball Official of the Year in 1992. In 1995, he received the National Association of Sports Officials’ Gold Whistle Award. In 1998, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He retired from officiating on December 22, 2013, after his final game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in Iowa City.
Ed Hightower is affiliated with the following schools: