The St. Joseph School District Board of Education voted in November 2015 to extend a two-year contract to Dr. Robert Newhart as the Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Robert Newhart began his career in St. Joseph on July 1, 2015 when he was named Interim Superintendent. As Board of Education President Brad Haggard stated, “Dr. Robert Newhart is ready to provide immediate leadership and help establish a vision of continuous improvement for our district. We strongly feel he was the best choice for our students, staff and community."
Dr. Newhart was superintendent of the Princeton R-V School District before joining the St. Joseph School District. Before that, he was the superintendent of the Lexington R-V School District in Lexington, Missouri and the Polo R-VII School District in Polo, Missouri. Newhart also worked as a principal and assistant principal in his career in education as well.
Newhart received his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. He also has his Specialist, Superintendent and Masters in Education in Secondary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University. He graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Business and Associate of Science in Business.
“My educational experience has prepared me to lead the St. Joseph School District.
I am here to listen, begin the healing journey and help rebuild a foundation of excellence. I look forward to working with the staff and students,” said Dr. Newhart.