Parker returning to Hampton Roads to head Newport News Schools

The school district announced Friday that Dr. George Parker III has been selected to take over after the retirement of Dr. Ashby Kilgore this February.

Parker, a former longtime teacher and administrator in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, has been serving as the superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in Virginia since July 2015.

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“Dr. Parker brings a wealth of experience to Newport News Public Schools having served diverse student populations in Virginia Beach and Caroline County," said School Board Chairman Gary Hunter. in a press release. "He has increased access to college and career opportunities; expanded STEM education initiatives; increased student access to technology; and partnered with businesses for student internships. Under his proven leadership, Newport News Public Schools will continue to be an innovative and transformative school division.”

Parker was chosen after a national search that included 44 applicants from 32 states, including 13 for Virginia.

He earned a bachelor of arts in computer science and a master of arts in educational leadership from Norfolk State University and a philosophy in education leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech.

After a four-year career in the Navy, Parker’s education career started in 1983 with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent of secondary schools.

“I am excited to join the Newport News team and build on the continued success of the school division,” said Parker.

Parker’s accomplishments also include starting division-wide writing programs for elementary and middle school students, and increasing access to talented and gifted programs.

Parker will officially take over as superintendent on July 1.

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