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Robert M. Olsen

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Part-Time Assistant Superintenden...

Phone: (269) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Michigan , United States
Portage Public Schools
8111 S. Westnedge Avenue
Portage , Michigan 49002
United States

Company Description: Portage Cable Access uses volunteers to produce a broad array of community programming ranging from local government meetings to concerts and high school sports....   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Norway High School
  • graduate degree
    Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor's degree
    Central Michigan University
  • graduate degree
    Michigan State University
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MASA recognizes 2012 Hall of Fame inductees | Michigan Association of School Administrators, 3 Jan 2014 [cached]
Tom C. Smith | Douglas O. Fillmore, | William H. Mayes | Robert M. Olsen, | Dennis McComb, | Joan C. Sergent,
Robert M. Olsen, Region 7
Robert M. Olsen Retired superintendent from Sturgis Public Schools MASA member 21 years
Robert M. Olsen has served his county as president of their superintendent's association and was a key player in starting our county-wide technology consortium. He served as Region 7 legislative representative and is a life-long voice supporting public school issues.
Olsen was selected as Region 7 Superintendent of the Year and Michigan Superintendent of the Year, and was a finalist for the AASA National Superintendent of the Year award. He has served the Michigan High School Athletic Association, on the Michigan Department of Education Teacher Examination Advisory Committee and the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation teams. Olsen is active in his community, providing service to the boards of directors for the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation, the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce and the Sturgis Education Endowment Foundation. He was a member and past-president of the Sturgis Rotary International, and former president of the Mason Optimist Club.
"Rob is too highly thought of to just relax and enjoy the fruits of retirement. wrote Region President Lloyd Kirby, Superintendent of Colon Community Schools in his nomination letter. "He was selected first, as a sales representative for a Kalamazoo firm, Level Data. Then, in time of need, he accepted a call to duty with Portage Public Schools as their part time Assistant Superintendent for Business."
Rob is a dedicated life-long learner--so much so that late into his career he enrolled in a multi-year training program through MASA called "Courageous Journey. Rob has numerous publications and is currently an adjunct professor for Concordia College in Educational Leadership classes and as a guest lecturer for Western Michigan University's Masters Program in Educational Leadership.
Robert Olsen, who retired as ..., 23 April 2012 [cached]
Robert Olsen, who retired as the Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent following the 2009-2010 school year, has been named as an inductee to the Michigan Association of School Administrators Hall of Fame.
The award recognizes outstanding leadership and dedication throughout his career and beyond. Olsen was a unanimous selection by his peers in Region VII of MASA representing all superintendents in southwest Michigan.
Olsen is a 1967 graduate of Norway High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree and a graduate degree from Central Michigan University and did post-graduate work at Michigan State University.
During his thirteen years in Sturgis, Olsen served St. Joseph County as President of the Superintendent's Association. For many years he also served the southwest region of the State as legislative representative to the MASA governing body.
In 2007, Olsen was selected as the Regional VII Superintendent of the Year, MASA State Superintendent of the Year and was also a finalist for the AASA National Superintendent of the Year award.
Olsen also served the community by being a member of several boards.
Olsen didn't stay retired long. He was selected as a process consultant for a Kalamazoo firm specializing in data integration. He was then hired by the Portage Public Schools as a part-time Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations.
Olsen also operates his own consulting business, Synergy 1, which specializes in working with school leadership teams and not for profit governing boards and executive directors.
Rob Olsen
Robert G. Olsen, 53, ..., 3 June 2010 [cached]
Robert G. Olsen, 53, superintendent, Manistee, Mich., Nov. 15
Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce - Sturgis Michigan, 20 Mar 2011 [cached]
Rob Olsen Sturgis Public Schools
Olsen will serve as interim ..., 16 June 2010 [cached]
Olsen will serve as interim during search for successor
Rob Olsen will resign as superintendent of Sturgis?Public Schools, effective June 30. The board of education accepted the resignation Tuesday. Olsen has been with the district since 1998. Because it is late to fill the position for the next school year, Olsen will return to serve as interim superintendent from August 2010-July 2011 or until a successor is found By law, Olsen may not fill the interim position until August.
One of the school's most recent accomplishments under Olsen's leadership, was to be nationally accredited through the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, making the district one of only 19 public schools in Michigan to achieve the status. In 2007, Olsen was named the Michigan Superintendent of the Year. He also led the district through a bond issue for a building project, which began in 2000. Olsen is a member of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation and serves in a number of capacities at the state and regional level for school administrators.
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