The Vancouver school board says it conducted an "extensive national search", but ended up finding its next superintendent of schools within its own staff.
Associate superintendent Scott Robinson will step up to the top job as of March 1, succeeding Steve Cardwell, who left to become a professor at the University of British Columbia.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of the Vancouver School Board,” Robinson said in a news release today (February 20). “This role is one of enormous responsibility and I plan to continue to be a relentless advocate for the children and families our incredible public school system serves.”
Robinson has held his current position, overseeing educational operations at the district's 110 elementary and secondary schools, since 2012.
“Scott’s thorough understanding and leadership experience in the K-12 educational system made him a perfect choice to become the Vancouver School Board’s next Superintendent,” VSB chair Christopher Richardson said in the release. “I feel confident that Scott has the vision, skills, experience and energy to guide the VSB and ensure we continue to support all of our diverse learners in our engaged and caring school communities.”
Robinson's experience also includes serving as an assistant superintendent in Richmond and a school principal in Coquitlam.