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Todd Roberts (M.Ed. '94, Ed.D. '02) has been named chancellor of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics

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Todd Roberts

Todd Roberts has been selected to serve as chancellor of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. Roberts, a Durham native who had been serving as superintendent of the public school system in Ann Arbor, Mich., was named to the post in August by the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors.

 After graduating from Duke University in 1986 with a degree in English, he earned a master’s of  education degree in 1994 and a doctoral degree in educational leadership in 2002 from the School of Education.

He began his professional career at Durham’s Southern High School, first as a classroom assistant working with cognitively impaired students and then as a English teacher, yearbook advisor, and coach. His transition into academic administration began in 1994, when he was named assistant principal of Brogden Middle School. Two years later, he was named principal of Hillandale Elementary School.

In 1999, Roberts left North Carolina to become principal of Bingham Farms Elementary School in Birmingham, Mich. Three years later he was promoted to deputy superintendent for educational services of the Birmingham Public Schools, a post he held until being tapped to lead the larger Ann Arbor Public Schools in 2006.

Named the 2009 Superintendent of the Year in Michigan Region 8, Roberts serves on the governing board of the Minority Student Achievement Network and the dean’s advisory board of the University of Michigan’s School of Education. He also has held volunteer leadership positions with the United Way, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the University Musical Society. 

Roberts is married to Dr. Arleen Song, a gynecologist with the University of Michigan Health System who grew up in Greenville, N.C., and earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from UNC. They have four children: Lucy, 8, Nicholas, 6; Christopher, 4; and Grace, 2.