Superintendent Pat Kinlaw to retire June 30


Distinguished career spans 40 years in education; 20 in Henrico County


Henrico, Va. Feb. 6, 2018 – Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, is announcing his intention to retire effective June 30, 2018. 

“The last four years have been the highest honor of my career. I am so humbled by the opportunities I have been afforded in Henrico County,” Kinlaw shared, expressing gratitude in his announcement to all Henrico Schools colleagues. 

“I want to thank you for what you do each day to support our precious students and school community,” Kinlaw said. “Please know that I am forever indebted to what you do and the opportunities, wonderful relationships and kindness that you have extended to me over the last 20 years.”

Kinlaw has served in a variety of Henrico County Public Schools leadership positions since 1997. The School Board unanimously named him superintendent in January 2014. 

School Board Chair Micky Ogburn said the School Board recently offered Kinlaw a contract extension, but following lengthy and careful consideration Kinlaw decided that after 40 years in public education the time was right to chart the course for the next superintendent.

“The Board’s support is so appreciated. And as tempting as it was given the great and promising work underway, I am ready to move on to the next chapter in my life,” Kinlaw said. 

“That’s typical Pat,” Ogburn said. “He’s been putting Henrico County first for a long time. It’s his turn now. I just respect him so much for how he’s doing this. There is no one more dedicated to the students, families and employees of Henrico County Public Schools than Pat Kinlaw, the consummate professional.”

Ogburn added, “This gives the School Board maximum flexibility in selecting Pat’s successor. Once the new superintendent is on board, Pat’s offered to help mentor that person to help continue the positive momentum that we’re seeing in our schools and communities.”

Under Kinlaw’s leadership, Henrico County Public Schools began to frame the school division’s work around four cornerstones: student safety, academic progress, closing gaps and relationships. In 2017, the number of fully state accredited schools in Henrico County rose to 54 out of 67 elementary, middle and high schools – the highest number of fully accredited schools in five years. 

Also in 2017, under Kinlaw’s leadership, Henrico County Public Schools received a national honor for remaking its Code of Student Conduct and related student support systems. Henrico was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place Magna Award “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the National School Boards Association.

Kinlaw began his career with Henrico County Public Schools in 1997 as the director of staff development. In 2004 he became the assistant superintendent for administrative services. In 2010 he was named deputy superintendent. Over time, he accumulated a variety of additional responsibilities including policy, elementary education, leadership development and special projects.

Prior to joining Henrico Schools, Kinlaw spent 12 years with Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina. He also spent time early in his career at Longwood University and at East Carolina University, his alma mater.

What’s next?

A special meeting of the School Board is now scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road. The Board will be joined by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association to organize and plan the search process. The meeting is open to the public.

Moving forward, public input will be a key component of the search process. A new superintendent is expected to be in place by July 1.

Kinlaw answered questions about his post-career plans with characteristic humor. “I look forward to spending more time with my family, engaging in activities that my current schedule does not allow, hopefully some travel … and sleeping in on snow days!”

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