Dr. Robert Baldwin is stepping down as Fairhaven's Superintendent of Schools.

Baldwin Bleeds Blue

Baldwin will be the first to tell you, he bleeds blue. Fairhaven Blue. Baldwin is a Fairhaven High School alum. He played baseball and basketball for the Blue Devils. He started his career in town as the high school basketball coach.

Last year, when I'd continually press the man who served as president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents about whether or not we'd resume high school sports, he would always tell me how much he believed that sports were a major part of the high school experience. He was a part of the process of getting high school athletes back on the fields and courts across the Commonwealth.

Why This Is Baldwin's Dream Job

Baldwin loves education, and he loves sports. If Baldwin thought Fairhaven Superintendent of Schools was his dream job, there was one he hadn't considered: meet the MIAA's and the MSAA's new Executive Director, Dr. Bob Baldwin. He made the announcement to the Fairhaven Public School's faculty and staff yesterday afternoon.

Listen to Baldwin Making His Announcement on Michael and Maddie

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Michael Rock/Townsquare Media

In basic terms, the MIAA (or Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) is the equivalent to the NCAA at the Massachusetts public high school level. The MSAA is the Massachusetts School Administrators Association.

According to the job posting, Baldwin will be "both the face and voice for both organizations on the local, state and national level."

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After 16 years, Baldwin is leaving Fairhaven as the reigning Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year, an honor given to him by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. He was president of the association during what was inarguably the organization's toughest year, leading Fairhaven schools and his peers through the COVID crisis.

And now he's ready for the next challenge.

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