Youngker High’s June graduation Rob Roberson

An image from Youngker High’s June graduation shows Rob Roberson, left, being honored for his retirement plans by then-Superintendent Eric Godfrey. Less than a month later, Godfrey unexpectedly retired and Roberson was named interim superintendent.

Buckeye Union High School District began its fall semester with a surprise: a new leader.

It was even a surprise to him, Rob Roberson said he is honored to now be serving the 5,000 students of the district.

“I was retired for 48 hours and then was asked to step into this position,” he said. “I was very flattered that they even asked me. I never pictured myself doing this.”

He was named interim superintendent July 2 after previous superintendent Eric Godfrey unexpectedly retired.

At the June graduation ceremony, Godfrey called out Roberson to honor his retirement plans. Things changed less than a month later.

Roberson said he plans to continue Godfrey’s work as superintendent.

“He has done a fantastic job,” Roberson said.

The work Roberson said he plans to continue includes using data to assess student learning and realign the curriculum.

He confessed this has gotten difficult since distance learning is “not as successful as it would be in person.”

Roberson is an Arizona native from the Phoenix area. He graduated college from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in education and later a master’s degree in educational leadership.

He also minored in history, which he said has helped develop a “passion” for traveling.

“I love going to historical sites,” Roberson said. “Seeing the sites in the world.”

Roberson has spent decades developing a love for sports. He played throughout his school career at Cortez High School in Phoenix and NAU, and he then went on to coach for 22 years.

Now, Roberson said, “I love just being around my family.”

Roberson has a wife and two grown sons who are both teachers. He also has a granddaughter who he said he adores.

“She’s got granddad wrapped around her finger,” he said.

Before coming to BUHSD, Roberson worked as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Glendale Union High School District for 22 years.

He made his transition to BUHSD in 2007 while assisting with the opening of Youngker High School, where he worked as the athletic director for 10 years and principal for the past three years.

Throughout his career, Roberson explained the biggest lesson he feels he has learned is to just sit back and listen.

“Take in all the information and then work from there,” he said.

All in all, Roberson said he has a great team and is excited to work with everyone in the district.

“I know this sounds corny, but we’ve got great people from administrators to teachers to support staff,” he said. “This is a phenomenal district.”