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Robert Hull


President and CEO Robert Hull came to NASBE in 2014, capping a 40-year career in education reform. He first directed NASBE’s work on college, career, and civic readiness before being named deputy director, and NASBE’s Board of Directors chose him to lead the association in 2018. Hull brings classroom, administrative, and policy experience to his work at NASBE. He began teaching elementary school in West Virginia’s Putnam County School District and was a principal there for eight years. He served as Putnam County’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and directed  its early childhood education, federal programs, and community outreach. Named West Virginia’s associate superintendent of schools in the division of teaching and learning in 2010, he oversaw state programs on educator quality, early learning, career and technical innovation, federal programs, and policy development and deployment for Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments. Hull has a background in fine arts and is an advocate for integrating all things creative and innovative in classrooms everywhere.


Latest Contributions

From the President’s Pen: The Pursuit of Goals for Education

By Robert Hull

In education we can’t seem to get traction, but we can sure get whiplash. Will this time be different?



From the President’s Pen: The Starfish and the Ocean

By Robert Hull

All policies are thus rightly viewed as part of a greater ecosystem.



Woman talking on panel at meeting. Image credit: iStock

From the President’s Pen: Mind the Gaps

By Robert Hull

Where are the access and opportunity gaps that you need to bridge in your state?




From the President’s Pen: Looking in the Mirror

By Robert Hull

The relentless pursuit of equity and excellence begins at the board table—not at the schoolhouse door.



What Will It Take to Get Kids Back to Class?

By Robert Hull

NASBE President and CEO Robert Hull talks with the Christian Science Monitor about school reopening plans.