Indiana State Board of Education Executive Director Robert Guffin is planning to retire. He has spent a year with the board and previously served as an administrator and teacher in Indianapolis. May 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Robert Guffin, Executive Director of the Indiana State Board of Education today announced his plan to retire at the end of the month. Guffin has served in this role for the past year during which time the Board approved a new A-F school accountability system, partnered with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) on the development of innovation network schools, and developed a new process for partnering with local school districts in the turnaround of chronically failing schools.
Guffin joined the board after serving eight years as a classroom teacher, including six years in IPS schools. He also served as a principal, assistant principal or interim principal for 14 years within IPS, including 5 years as principal at Harshman Magnet Middle School from 2009 -2014. During Guffin's tenure at Harshman, the school increased the percentage of students passing both sections of the ISTEP+ test from 28.7 percent (2008) to 73.2 percent (2013).
“It has been an honor working to improve the lives of Hoosier students and preparing the next generation of education leaders during my career in our schools and as Executive Director of the State Board of Education,” said Guffin. “I am looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my life and enjoying time with my children and grandchildren.”
Guffin received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education and Master's Degree in Special Education from Indiana University. He is also a licensed administrator in the State of Indiana. His last day with the State Board will be May 29, 2015.
The State Board will vote to fill the Executive Director position at a future meeting.
Source: The Indiana State Board of Education