The Kearney Public School District has hired Bob Hastings as the new Human Resources Director following a search that began in January.

Hastings, currently the Superintendent of Gering Public Schools, will begin his new position on July 1, 2020. He will guide and manage the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs, as well as MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports) for the Kearney Public School District.

“Our school district was very fortunate to have many quality candidates apply for the position,” stated Superintendent Kent Edwards. “In the final review, one candidate stood out as the clear choice — Mr. Bob Hastings.”
Hastings has served as the Gering superintendent since 2013. For Norfolk Public Schools, he was the Director of Teaching and Learning from 2008-2013 and Elementary Principal from 2001-2008. Prior to that, Hastings was principal, teacher, and coach at Scottsbluff Public Schools.

“My family and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Kearney Public School system. We have been impressed with the district, community support of education, and the opportunities that Kearney provides,” Hastings said in a statement. “I am looking forward to my new role and learning how best to provide encouragement and assistance to the teachers, support staff and administrators of Kearney Public Schools.”

Hastings has an Educational Specialist, School Administration & Leadership degree from Wayne State College, Administration, Curriculum & Instruction degree from the University of Nebraska, Master of Science in Educational Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Elementary Education and Math from Chadron State College.

Mr. Hastings is replacing Lance Fuller, who has worked for KPS for the past 27 years. Fuller has spent the past six years as the Director of Human Resources, 13 years as Principal of Sunrise Middle School, six years as Assistant Principal at Kearney High School, and two years as a math teacher at Kearney High School. His retirement will begin July 1, 2020.