The definitions of well-rounded and experienced have a new definition. Dr. William “Shane” Robbins comes to Mt. Vernon as the former superintendent for the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County with many accomplishments, accolades, and strong, relevant experience. His robust track record includes implementation of one-to-one technology in the classrooms, e-learning days, and consistently improving schools’ scores throughout his tenure. Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is fortunate to have a superintendent with such an experienced background in the areas identified for growth in Mt. Vernon’s new strategic plan.
Dr. Robbins received his B.A. in Allied Health at Franklin College in 1993, and soon became a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer. He then worked for five years in the industrial rehabilitation field. After returning to graduate school at Ball State University, he earned his master’s degrees in Secondary Education in 1999 and K-12 Administration in 2003. He continued his education at Ball State University and received his Educational Specialist Degree as a Superintendent in 2007, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2011.
Dr. Robbins’ first educational setting was in 1998 as a health and science teacher at Hartford City’s Blackford High School. He began his administrative career as the high school principal at Madison-Grant High School in 2005, and then the Associate Principal for Huntington North High School in 2006. In 2008, Dr. Robbins became the Superintendent of Monroe Central School Corporation. By 2011, Monroe Central School Corporation had received their first “A” district letter grade from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The district has maintained that status since Dr. Robbins tenure.
In 2012, Dr. Robbins became the Superintendent of the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County. A few of his many noteworthy accomplishments include leading the three-school district with declining enrollment into a project-based learning approach and one-to-one technology initiatives (one computer device to one student/staff). Both of these achievements resulted in all schools receiving an “A - Exemplary Status” letter grade by the IDOE. Triton Central Middle School was also identified as a “National School to Watch,” and Triton Central High School was named a four-star high school.
He came to the Shelby County school district with a vision and a plan to make Northwestern Consolidated School District a successful education system where students thrive. Dr. Robbins and his dedicated team focused on students and intervention in a proactive manner, which resulted in numerous accolades and a district that truly cares about the community. “This isn’t a job for me, but rather, a way of life,” Dr. Robbins stated in a prior article. “If we continue to keep our facilities looking nice, promoting what we do, and continue to be innovative, we will be fine.”
Dr. Robbins’ accomplished background includes participation in an educator exchange program with China and Taiwan. The Monroe-Central staff hosted educators from schools in Anshan, China and New Taipei City, Taiwan. He treasured the opportunity for international educational partnerships and appreciated that his staff could learn and interact with educators from different cultures.
In addition to serving through the education field, Dr. Robbins has also served his country in the United States Army/Indiana National Guard since 1987. He rose in rank as a Lieutenant Colonel, and was the Education Officer and Chief of Operations during the “Operation Enduring Freedom” deployment to Afghanistan. His team’s mission was to train both secondary and post-secondary agriculture teachers/professors.
During his military career he received the following awards: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Indiana Commendation Medal, Indiana Long-Term Service Medal, NATO Service Medal and the Operation Enduring Freedom Service Award. His military career made him a world-traveler, and the experiences have enhanced his perspective as a public school superintendent.
As a career military officer, strong values guide his actions. These principals include: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Dr. Robbins has tried to adopt those values in his personal life as well as his professional life by making decisions in the best interest of the school district.
Accolades have been consistent throughout Dr. Robbins’ career. He was recognized by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials as the Region VI Business Officer of the Year, Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among Business Executives, and also as a “Distinguished Hoosier” by the former Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels. Most recently he was appointed to a panel of four Indiana superintendents to review the accountability system for the state’s educational system.
Looking Ahead to the Mt. Vernon Team
Dr. Robbins states, “There are multiple reasons for my excitement in becoming the superintendent at MVCSC. One reason in particular is the opportunity to be a part of the board’s strategic plan that includes becoming a one-to-one computing district. The successful one-to-one computing initiative my former district completed provided a 21st century learning platform for our students, and was instrumental in raising our district from a C to an A-Exemplary district. It also provided our team an opportunity to share our success with colleagues across the state, thus recognizing the hard work of our staff and the positive outcomes we have achieved.”
As an incoming superintendent, Dr. Robbins plans to embark on a “look, listen and learn” approach during the transition. He is currently educating himself on the MVCSC district and plans to spend time with Dr. Riggs prior to his retirement. Dr. Robbins intends to be visible in both the community and the schools. He states, “I believe authentic relationships are essential and that can only be accomplished by building trust. Trust is not built behind closed doors.”
Mt. Vernon Community School Board President, Tony May, states, “We are fortunate to have been able to hire our first choice candidate. Dr. Shane Robbins was the stand-out contender from the beginning, and his experience and genuine character will be instrumental in taking our school district to the next level.”
Dr. Robbins currently resides in Greenwood with his wife Heather, and sons Bryce (17) and Brandon (13). His personal decisions are made with the priorities: “faith, family, and career.” With those values as the cornerstone guiding their family, they have made the decision to become a part of the Mt. Vernon community which includes changing their sons’ schools. “This is never easy, however we are excited at the opportunities for them to grow as individuals and be a positive contribution to our new home,” states Dr. Robbins.
One of Dr. Robbins favorite past-times is going to Pacers games and other sporting events with his family, including his sons’ baseball games. He also enjoys watching college football, and riding his bike for exercise when time allows is always a bonus.
For additional information, please see Dr. Robbins’ personal website at www.DrShaneRobbins.com.