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Dr. Amy Cashwell new superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools.

Henrico, Va., June 5, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools has selected Dr. Amy E. Cashwell, a longtime educator and administrator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The School Board made the announcement and introduced Cashwell to Henrico Schools staff members Tuesday morning at a special work session at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. Cashwell will begin work as superintendent July 1.

In her current position as chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, Cashwell oversees a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed her current role in 2013.

Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

“It is an honor to have been selected to serve the Henrico County community as superintendent,” Cashwell said. “I am committed to maintaining the legacy of excellence within Henrico County Public Schools and to working collaboratively with the Henrico community to build upon the division’s reputation for academic excellence and innovation.”

Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, School Board chair and the Board’s Three Chopt District representative, expressed the Board’s unanimous support.

“I am honored to have worked with my fellow School Board members in selecting Dr. Cashwell to be our next superintendent,” Ogburn said. “Her experience as a classroom teacher and extensive leadership across many facets of Virginia Beach Public Schools as their chief academic officer bode well for her success in guiding HCPS to even greater achievement. She charted a course that resulted in bringing all VBCPS schools across the line to accreditation and in making equity a driving principle in the day-to-day operations of the school system. I believe she will be able to forge meaningful, collaborative relationships with our staff and the greater Henrico community as she has done so successfully in Virginia Beach. I look forward to working with Dr. Cashwell and am truly excited for the future.”

During her time in Virginia Beach, Cashwell concentrated on a variety of initiatives, including those related to equity, social and emotional support systems for students, exceptional education, and technology. In 2016 she was recognized by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education as its Outstanding Educator of the Year for her role in launching a school-based instructional technology support program. The Center for Digital Education, a national education research and media group, named Cashwell one of its top 30 “technologists, transformers and trailblazers” for 2017. The group cited Cashwell’s leadership in carving out an independent role for instructional technology, and in helping schools become laboratories for testing the instructional possibilities of new technology.

“As a former educator in Henrico County, I have a deep love for the community and its children, and I see such a bright future for HCPS with Dr. Cashwell at the helm,” said Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent. “For the four years I have had the good fortune to work with her in Virginia Beach, she has proven herself a compassionate, competent professional who is driven to improve the learning experience for all children and for the teachers and staff she supports. Our loss is Henrico County’s gain, and the School Board should be commended for its decision and its vision.”

Spence was principal at Henrico County’s Deep Run High School when it opened in 2002.

Cashwell will hold several forums across Henrico County in coming months to talk with families, students, staff members and other interested Henrico citizens. Information about the forums will be announced as it becomes available.

Cashwell will be Henrico County Public Schools’ first female superintendent.

As part of its selection process, the School Board used information gathered from two public input sessions and an online survey that garnered more than 3,000 responses. The Board had set a target date of July 1 for having a new superintendent in place. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, will retire June 30.

For a recap of the superintendent search process, click here.