Robert graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with a B.A. in Philosophy, and from Boston University with an M.T.S. in Theology, and Columbia University with an M.Ed. in Educational Administration. He completed Doctoral Studies in Organizational Leadership, Columbia University.
Robert served as Head of School at the Independent Day School (Pre-K-8) in Meriden CT, from 2000-2007. He was a teacher of Fourth and Fifth grades at Moses Brown School from 1998-2000, and served as Director of Development there from 1995-1998. Robert was the Vice-President for External Affairs at the Pratt Institute from1993-1995, and Director of External Affairs at Northfield Mount Hermon School from 1988-1993. Robert was the Director of University Development at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 1985-1988, and Regional Major Gifts Officer at the University of Michigan from 1981-1985.
Robert’s Board Leadership positions include: Board of Directors, Northeast Foundation for Children (parent organization of the Responsive Classroom). Chair of the Board, 1993-1998; 2002-2007; 2011-present; Board of Trustees, Prospect Sierra School (grades K-8), El Cerrito, California; Board of Trustees, Athenian School (grades 6-12 day and boarding), Danville, CA; Board of Directors, Middlesex County United Way; Board of Trustees, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools; Chair, Steering Committee, Healing Racism Coalition of Middlesex County, Middletown, CT.