BVSD Hires Atlanta’s Rob Anderson As Next Superintendent
The Boulder Valley school board on Tuesday voted 6-1 to hire Atlanta’s Rob Anderson as its new superintendent after a national search produced two finalists.
Pending successful contract negotiations, Anderson starts July 1.
Anderson now is the deputy superintendent for academics in Atlanta’s 96,870-student Fulton County Schools and has 21 years of experience in education, including as a teacher and high school principal.
“I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected to lead Boulder Valley schools,” he said after the meeting. “I look forward to working with the community toward a vision of excellence and equity for all students.
Not chosen was finalist Krish Mohip, CEO of Ohio’s 5,400-student Youngstown City School District.
School board President Tina Marquis praised both candidates for “stepping up” and participating in a very public process.
“I appreciate how much they put on the line,” she said, adding that it’s incumbent on the board to set a strong vision and provide support.
“I hope we can be a very good board in how we bring on this person to be a new superintendent,” she sad.
School board member Shelly Benford praised Anderson’s integrity and intelligence, calling him “a very highly qualified candidate.”
“He really, really wants to be here, and I think that’s very important,” she said.
School board member Sam Fuqua noted that he appreciated that Anderson “kept coming back to his time as a teacher and as a high school principal” during his interviews.
“I sensed a clear commitment to working hard on closing the achievement gap,” he said. “This is probably the most important decision we will make as board members and we want to get it right. I think it’s the right decision.”
Board member Richard Garcia had the dissenting vote, but said that “doesn’t mean I won’t cooperate and work with the new superintendent.”
Board member Kathy Gebhardt also said she was considering voting “no,” but changed to a “yes” a few hours before the meeting.
“I don’t want, when we start this new chapter in BVSD, there to be any doubt on the commitment going forward,” she said.
Anderson started his career as a math and science teacher in Orlando, Fla. He went on to work in several leadership roles in the Orange County Public School system, including eight years as a high school principal.
He moved to Fulton County Schools in Atlanta six years ago, where he’s worked for the past three years as deputy superintendent of academics.
Anderson said in community interviews that effective teachers are the “No. 1 factor” in improving schools.
He also said he would focus on early literacy and wants to build on the district’s strategic plan. The plan, he said, is missing measurable targets.
According to search firm Ray and Associates, 79 candidates completed the application process for the Boulder Valley superintendent job.
The search firm forwarded its top choices to the school board, which interviewed 12 candidates and chose the two finalists. The school board, employee groups and community members all had the opportunity to interview both candidates.
Cindy Stevenson, a former Jefferson County superintendent, is currently leading Boulder Valley as the interim superintendent — a position she accepted with the understanding that she wouldn’t apply for the permanent job.
She replaced Bruce Messinger, who was fired in May after assistant superintendent Leslie Arnold filed an undisclosed complaint. Arnold later reached a $260,000 settlement.
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