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Dr. Robert Baldwin Named New Executive Director of MIAA

By Boston Globe on July 22, 2021 state news Print

From the Boston Globe:

Dr. Robert Baldwin, superintendent of the Fairhaven Public Schools, was named the next executive director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association/Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association.

A letter announcing his hiring was distributed to principals and superintendents on Monday afternoon.

“I’m humbled and honored to take on this new responsibility,” Baldwin said in a phone interview. “It’s kind of a perfect fit for me.”

Baldwin, 59, will succeed Bill Gaine, 77, who announced in February he would retire effective Sept. 1. Gaine served as executive director for the past eight years and has been involved with the MIAA since 1979. Baldwin will be the fourth executive director in MIAA history.

“There are big shoes to fill,” he said. “I know that. I don’t intend on thinking I can fill them, other than showing up every day and working as hard as I can for everyone that we serve.”

Baldwin, who was recognized as the 2020-21 Massachusetts Superintendent of the Yearby the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.), was a baseball and basketball standout at Fairhaven High and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

He played baseball at Springfield College before returning to his hometown to serve as a physical education teacher and middle school vice principal. He coached the Fairhaven High boys basketball team from 1989-2001, when he became the principal at Middleboro High School.

“I probably have had 10,000 hours as an athletic coach, and I know I have as a parent of student-athletes,” said the father of five. “I’ve been a building administrator, a district administrator and a principal in between.”

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