Former Marshall superintendent accepts job with MU
Rob Gordon, former Superintendent of Schools in Marshall, announced that he has accepted a position with the University of Missouri -- Columbia in the Regional Professional Development Center, affiliated with eight other centers at regional universities around the state.
Gordon will be co-director of the Heart of Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project. More than 100 school districts are currently involved in the project statewide, including the Marshall Public School District.
Gordon helped lead the effort to implement professional learning communities approaches in Marshall during the past three years.
He will share duties with Vicki Robb, recently retired elementary school principal from the Columbia schools. Gordon and Robb previously worked together in the mid-1980s, she as elementary principal and he as secondary principal for New Franklin schools.
Gordon retired in January from the Marshall School district after 30 years in public education. The school board concurrently terminated his contract after accusing him of mismanaging the district's budget.
He began his career in 1978 as a science, biology, and chemistry teacher, first in Warrenton and later in Tipton. He also coached basketball, and assisted with football and track in those districts.
After receiving his masters degree from University of Central Missouri in 1984, he moved into administration and served two years as assistant principal in Tipton, then as principal; five years in New Franklin and eight years in Moberly. Gordon earned his Education Specialist degree in 1987 and his Educational Doctorate in 1996, both from Mizzou.
In 1999 he began work in the superintendency, serving since then in the LaPlata, Pleasant Hill and Marshall districts.
Gordon worked in a number of other educational capacities during his career, heading Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) reviews and serving on several MSIP and North Central visiting teams.
In addition, he served as a superintendent mentor and has periodically taught graduate courses during the past 12 years for William Woods, Southwest Baptist, Northwest Missouri State, and Lindenwood universities.
He has been a member of a number of professional organizations and has also been involved in several regional and state education committees.
While in Marshall, Gordon placed emphasis on academic achievement for all students. He led several initiatives, including the formation of a multicultural advisory committee, after-school program, district instructional council, Comprehensive School Improvement Program (CSIP) development committee, Partners in Education program, student and faculty superintendent's advisory groups.
Gordon and his wife, Linda, reside in Marshall, where she is an assistant professor of education for Missouri Valley College.