Dr. Robert J. Arias’ career and experience in education and administrative leadership spans over three decades. He currently serves as the chief deputy of local and statewide initiatives for the office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS). In this role, Dr. Arias is responsible for leading a countywide effort to support career technical education, college preparation, workforce development, and adult education.
Prior to KCSOS, Dr. Arias served as Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) for four years. During his tenure, he led the successful implementation of numerous initiatives that directly benefited BCSD students including Professional Learning Communities, Cultural Proficiency Training, Positive Behaviors Intervention Supports, and increased summer learning opportunities. As Superintendent, Dr. Arias partnered with the BCSD Board of Education to create the Vision, Values, and Mission statements that clearly defines BCSD’s focus to be “Where the Child Comes First.” Dr. Arias’ tenure also resulted in multiple accomplishments including the gathering of several districtwide awards, such as four Golden Bell Awards, and recognitions at both local and state levels.
Dr. Arias began his career in education in 1986 as a teacher in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. A few years later, he moved on to administrative roles and became Assistant Principal and then Principal within the same district. In 1996, he made the move to Charter Oak Unified School District where he served as the Director of Educational Services and, soon after, was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. His next career move took him to South Pasadena Unified School District where he served as Superintendent before joining the larger West Covina Unified School District as Assistant Superintendent. He then took on the same role at Rowland Unified School District before taking on the position within that same district as Deputy Superintendent.
Dr. Arias received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Creighton University, his Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University Los Angeles, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.