June 17, 2024
Chiefs for Change Member Thomas Taylor Lands Superintendency with Montgomery County Public Schools

For Immediate Release

The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Thomas Taylor, a member of Chiefs for Change, as the district’s next superintendent. Dr. Taylor brings more than 25 years of experience and a proven record of leadership to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). MCPS is Maryland’s largest school district serving a diverse population of more than 160,000 students across 211 schools.

Dr. Taylor currently serves as the superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia where he oversees all instructional, financial, organizational and operational functions of the school district, as well as advises the Board of Education in legal, financial, instructional, operational, and policy matters. During his 25-year tenure as an educator, Dr. Taylor’s career spans roles as a social studies teacher, coach, administrator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent of several K-12 districts.

“I am poised to lead Montgomery County Public Schools in its mission to provide exceptional educational opportunities for every student while fostering collaboration with stakeholders to support the district’s continued growth and success,” said Dr. Taylor.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the sixth cohort of Chiefs for Change’s Future Chiefs program and the second to land a chief role this month. He was voted the 2024 Region III Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and serves on numerous committees and boards including the College Board’s Superintendent Advisory Council. He is a co-lead for AASA’s National STEM Leadership Consortium and also serves as one of Virginia’s Commissioners on the Education Commission of the States.

“Dr. Taylor is an accomplished leader who knows how to work with all those who care about kids so every child gets what they need to learn and grow,” said Chiefs for Change CEO Robert Runcie. “He understands that rigorous academics go hand-in-hand with strong social connections, health supports, and pathways to college and good jobs after graduation. Dr. Taylor has made a positive difference for students in Stafford County, and I know he will do the same in Montgomery County.”

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, an MBA from William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan University.

About Chiefs for Change

Chiefs for Change is a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s and tomorrow’s world through deeply committed leadership. Chiefs for Change advocates for policies and practices that make a difference for students and advance next-generation leadership among chiefs and their teams. For more information, visit chiefsforchange.org.