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Interim Superintendent Bob Nelson

Interim Superintendent Bob Nelson

​February 17, 2017 


Friends and Colleagues,

Bob-Nelson-portrait-web.jpgThis past Wednesday the Board of Education met in a special closed session meeting to discuss naming an interim superintendent.  To my surprise, the Board emerged to announce that my initial role as acting superintendent had evolved, naming me interim superintendent.  I am humbled and honored by their unanimous show of support in naming me interim superintendent.

While I have spent 23 years of my adult life working for the district, I know that education is fundamentally about relationships, so I thought I should share a little more about myself, beyond the few sound bites or quotes you may have seen on television or read in the newspaper.  Outside of being an educator, I am a husband and a father to seven amazing children ranging in ages from 20 years old to 16 month twins, including a teenager with cerebral palsy.  Guided by our faith, my wife Tiffany and I have always felt a need to support children in our community, and have spent a number of years as foster parents, resulting in the adoption of four of our seven children.

Beyond my family, my love and passion is in education.  I have been a Fresno Unified teacher, vice principal, principal, a human resources administrator, and before returning to the district two years ago, I served as Superintendent in Chawanakee Unified in Madera County.  I teach at Fresno State one night per week and I am currently finishing my doctoral degree at the University of Southern California.  As a lifelong learner, I believe that education is the key for success and I want our students to have an opportunity to succeed.  I know firsthand how hard you work every day and I am grateful for your tremendous efforts.

To that end, my focus and that of the district remains the same:  To ensure that our students upon graduating Fresno Unified have the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.  Again, I am humbled and honored to lead this instrumental work.  Here's wishing you a wonderful President's Day weekend!


Thanks For All You Do,




Office of the Superintendent

2309 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA
Phone: (559) 457-3882
Fax: (559) 457-3786


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