VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Allen
Date: 06/12/23 Phone: 757.263.1313
News Release No. 023 Fax: 757.263.1010
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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson acting superintendent

At their June 12, 2023, meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson as acting superintendent. Dr. Robertson began his career as an educator with VBCPS in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, and his most recent position as chief of staff.

"With over 30 years of education experience, I have the utmost confidence that Dr. Robertson will be able to keep VBCPS moving forward while also ensuring a smooth transition as we search for our next superintendent," VBCPS School Board Chairwoman Trenace Riggs said.

The board will work with an outside firm to conduct a nationwide search in the coming months.

"I am honored to be named as the interim Superintendent of one of the finest school divisions in the country. I want to thank the school board for their confidence in my ability to help our school division continue its great work. I would also like to thank Dr. Aaron Spence and Dr. Jim Merrill for the many leadership opportunities over the past 11 years that have allowed me to grow into the leader I am today. I want to recognize the members of the superintendent's senior staff for their full support in this decision. Finally, I would like to thank my wife Debbie, who is also an educator in VBCPS, for her love, understanding and wise counsel over my entire administrative career. I look forward to partnering with our families and staff as we move ahead to do what is best for all students in VBCPS."


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