Robert W. Christmann retired in 2013 following a 46 year educational career which included 22 years as a New York State Superintendent. He then served four years as Executive Director of the Western New York Educational Service Council at the University of Buffalo.
Recently, he formed the New York State Leadership Group LLC housed in the SUNY Buffalo State School of Education, his alma mater.
Working with a core group of highly qualified retired Superintendents, the Leadership Group focused their efforts on assisting boards of education throughout New York State to select outstanding school district leaders.
Mr. Christmann served as President of the New York State Council of Superintendents ( NYSCOSS) just prior to his retirement. In that capacity he met frequently with his colleague superintendents, board members, SED representatives and legislators.
In addition, Mr. Christmann was elected by New York State superintendents to serve six years on the Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the national superintendent’s organization. He continues to communicate with superintendents across the United States.
While an active superintendent, Mr. Christmann taught for ten years in the statewide SUNY Oswego
“ Superintendents Development Program”. This eleven month program provides professional development to school administrators who seek to become district superintendents. Many of his former students are current New York State Chief School Officers.
Prior to forming his organization through SUNY Buffalo State, Mr. Christmann was asked by the college to serve as an adjunct professor. He teaches two courses including, “An Introduction to the Superintendency” course elective.
Mr. Christmann was present at numerous local, regional state and national conferences.
He has the unique experience of being elected to serve as one of five school board members on the Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD which went through a selection process of hiring a new superintendent who eventually became the New York State Superintendent of the Year.