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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (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, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Past School Board Chairs

  • Trenace B. Riggs - January 2023 - December 2023
  • Carolyn T. Rye - January 2020 - December 2022
  • Beverly M. Anderson - January 2017 - December 2019
  • Mr. Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards - July 1999 - December 2016
  • Robert C. Spadaccini - July 1998 - June 1999
  • Robert F. Hagans, Jr. - July 1996 - June 1998
  • Karen O’Brien - May 1996 - June 1996
  • June T. Kernutt - February 1995 - May 1996
  • James R. Darden - July 1994 - January 1995
  • Samuel W. Meekins - January 1992 - June 1994
  • Gregory N. Stillman - July 1990 - December 1991
  • James N. Fletcher - January 1986 - June 1990
  • Roy A. Woods - July 1981 - December 1985
  • Robert H. DeFord, Jr. - July 1972 - June 1981
  • J.W. Buffington - July 1966 - June 1972
  • George R. Ferrell - July 1964 - June 1966
  • Lloyd A. Murden* - June 1957 - June 1964
  • John B. Dey - July 1940 - June 1957
  • R.E. Whitehead - July 1932 - June 1940
  • Gordon Bratten - July 1928 - June 1932
  • S.S. Gresham - September 1922 - June 1928

Prior to 1922, each of the four magisterial districts of Princess Anne County had its own school board. In 1922, a new county system school law was put into effect stating that there shall be a county unit school board, composed of one member from each magisterial district. University of Virginia Record Extension Series: An Economic and Social Survey of Princess Anne County, E.E. Ferebee and J. Pendleton Wilson, Jr. (University of Virginia, 1924)

* January 1, 1963 - City of Virginia Beach formed as a result of a merger with Princess Anne County.