The school board of Stafford County Public Schools in Stafford, Virginia, has selected Thomas Taylor as the district’s next superintendent. Dr. Taylor currently serves as deputy superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, near Richmond, Virginia, where he oversees instruction and daily operations. He is a part of the sixth cohort of the Chiefs for Change Future Chiefs leadership development program.
As superintendent in Stafford County, Dr. Taylor will lead a system of more than 30,000 students in a rapidly growing community located halfway between Washington, D.C., and Richmond. He previously spent almost four years as superintendent of Middlesex County Public Schools, also in Virginia. During his tenure with that district, he was recognized as the state’s Region III Superintendent of the Year for his work to promote college and career readiness and for leading the first successful 1:1 computing initiative in rural eastern Virginia.
Dr. Taylor is the eighth Future Chief to ascend to a chief role this year. The Future Chiefs program identifies talented, diverse emerging leaders and integrates them into a community of practice where they receive coaching and mentorship from members of Chiefs for Change and participate in a variety of other learning opportunities.
With more than 21 years of experience in education, Dr. Taylor has worked as a social studies teacher, coach, and administrator in several K-12 districts. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor of educational leadership at the University of Virginia for the past 11 years. Dr. Taylor earned a doctorate in education policy and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development. In addition, he holds an MBA from William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business and a bachelor’s from Virginia Wesleyan University.