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ONU alumnus Dr. Robert Taylor honored as Indiana superintendent of the year

Posted: Nov 06, 2012

Dr. Taylor

 ONU alumnus Dr. Robert Taylor ’77 was recently named “District Superintendent of the Year” by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. He began serving as superintendent of the Lebanon Community School Corporation in 2007.

Dr. Taylor’s impressive career in education is virtually unmatched, having served as teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal across all grade levels and on two continents. From 1981-1995, Dr. Taylor worked in Germany with the Department of Defense Overseas Education Activity.

“The key to being a successful Christian in the workplace,” he says, “is having the faith to believe, the strength to commit, and the dedication to minister by example.”

Born in Corydon, Ind., Robert spent much of his early school years overseas with his family in both Turkey and Germany. After completing his high school education back in Greenwood, Ind., he went on to study education at Olivet Nazarene College, where he was also a varsity letter-winner in wrestling.

The marks of an Olivet education are written all over Dr. Taylor’s life. What is most memorable? “People, people, people,” he says. Two ONU professors had a particularly profound impact on his life.

“Coach Watson impressed me by his example. I learned a very important life lesson from Coach Watson — appreciating the dedication of an individual’s commitment to a team goal, verses individual recognitions.

“Professor Collins allowed me to sit at the same potter’s wheel with my future wife, Jackie Voss ’77, knowing all along that I would never be an artist. But he gave me the opportunity to ‘sculpt’ a wonderful partnership that is still strong after 38 years.”

Jackie also works as a school administrator, serving as the director of guidance and student services. Dr. and Mrs. Taylor have two adult sons, Matthew and Cole.



Percentage of Olivet freshmen who achieved ACT composite scores of 30 or higher (4% achieve this nationally)