Eric B. Schultz, Nassau BOCES Board President, with Dr. Robert R. Dillon.
The Nassau BOCES Board of Education appointed Dr. Robert R. Dillon as District Superintendent at its August 20 meeting. He will assume responsibility for leading the largest Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State on September 1, 2015. Nassau BOCES is a cooperative of the 56 school districts in Nassau County, which collectively serve more than 200,000 students.
In addition to serving as Nassau BOCES chief executive, Dr. Dillon, of Walden, N.Y., will act as a regional representative for the New York State Commissioner of Education.
“Dr. Dillon brings a wealth of leadership experience and an understanding of current educational issues,” said Board President Eric B. Schultz. “In addition, as a former Nassau County superintendent, he understands how Nassau BOCES works hand in hand with our districts.”
Dr. Dillon has been an active leader in education for 35 years, 24 as a superintendent. Locally, he was the Superintendent of East Meadow UFSD from 1999 to 2007. Most recently, Dr. Dillon served as the Executive Director of Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today (R.E.F.I.T.), a consortium of school districts dedicated to fair and equitable education for all students. He is also the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the National School Development Council.
A scholarly author, Dr. Dillon has written extensively on the improvement of education, and his work has been published in The American School Board Journal, Long Island Education Review, the Journal of School Leadership and Education News. In addition, he has presented for several major educational organizations, including the International Conference on Educational Research, the National School Boards Association and the New York State School Boards Association.
As a professor, he has helped to prepare generations of future educators at a number of distinguished colleges and universities. For these efforts, he has been named Educator of the Year by Phi Delta Kappa and was presented with the Leaders in Education Award from St. John’s University.
He holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from St. John’s University, a master’s degree in special education from the College of New Rochelle and a bachelor’s degree in history from St. John’s University.