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State Board appoints Guffin new executive director

Robert "Bob" Guffin the new Executive Director
Robert "Bob" Guffin the new Executive Director
Photo Courtesy of University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis – According to the Indiana State Board of Education a new Executive Director has been named.

Bob Guffin, a retired principal of Harshman Middle School in the Indianapolis Public School system, had been known for the measurable improvement to his school’s test scores and environment.

Guffin will be taking over for Anne Davis, who has left the director position for a new job with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

As a principal for five years with Harshman Middle School, students preformed 28.7 percent better on state tests.
His middle school had the greatest growth in the system for the 2012-2013 school year.

Student suspensions went down and expectations went up while Guffin was principal according to school records.
The state board said Harshman’s proven abilities were the deciding factor in his appointment.

"The State Board is fortunate to have a talented leader like Bob Guffin serving in the role of Executive Director," said Special Assistant Claire Fiddian-Green to the Governor for Education Innovation, and a technical advisor to the State Board. "The Board's duties and responsibilities align well with Bob's proven school turnaround experience and special education background, and we're thrilled he may now apply his talents to serving more than 1.2 million Hoosier students."

Guffin obtained his bachelors in social studies education and master’s degree in special education for Indiana University.

He worked as a special education teacher and then assistant principal for 13 years.

Guffin also served as an interim principal at Emma Donnal Middle School and Shortridge Magnet middle School in Indiana.

His resume also includes a short tenure as principal at McFarland Middle School until it was closed in the 2007-2008 school year to make way for a new school.

He was also an executive director for the American Cancer Society in the Allen County Unit according to the Indiana State Board of Education.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Guffin will be making $105,000 annual salary, just a little more than Davis. This change in salary was attributed to the growing and expanding role of the Executive Director position.

Board members voted 10 – 0 to appoint Guffin in their last meeting.

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