BERKELEY HEIGHTS – Helen Kirsch, President of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education, has announced that Robert Nixon has been appointed as Principal of Governor Livingston High School, effective July 1, 2015.  Mr. Nixon will replace Scott McKinney, who was recently appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Berkeley Heights School District. Mr. McKinney has served as Principal of Governor Livingston since July 2008.

Mr. Nixon is currently employed as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Bound Brook Public Schools.  He is no stranger to Governor Livingston High School, as he successfully served as Assistant Principal at the school from July 2012 through June 2014. 

“Mr. Nixon has an excellent grasp of good teaching and he knows the inner workings of a high school,” explained Mrs. Kirsch. “He is knowledgeable about the systems and evaluation models used in Berkeley Heights due to his prior experience here; and now he is able to look at things from a more global perspective due to this time in a central office position. 

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“Mr. Nixon’s experience spans a wide variety of areas,” she continued.  “He is an accomplished observer/evaluator, has in-depth experience in disciplining students, has developed school-level master schedules, coordinated interscholastic athletics programs, and was instrumental in the development and implementation of a 1-to-1 iPad initiative at both Governor Livingston and Bound Brook high schools.  He has a combination of experience and aspiration that will enable him to be an excellent Principal.”

Mr. Nixon earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education/Teacher Education with a Concentration in Athletic Training and he received his Master of Arts Degree in Administration and Supervision, both from Montclair State University.  He has a total of nine and one-half years of experience as a school- and district-level administrator.  In addition, Mr. Nixon has eight years of teaching experience, during which time he also served as a coach and athletic trainer.

“Mr. Nixon possesses the organizational skills necessary to be an extremely effective Principal,” said Judith A. Rattner, Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools. “He has a strong, calm presence which will serve him well in his new position, and I am confident that Mr. Nixon will be a wonderful asset to Governor Livingston and our school district.”