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Dr. Stanley Jones

December 18, 2014 - DPS Announces New Superintendent

DANVILLE - The Danville School Board announced Thursday evening, during its monthly work session, that Dr. Stanley B. Jones of Glen Allen, Virginia, will serve as the next superintendent of Danville Public Schools beginning July 1, 2015.

A nearly thirty-year veteran of public education in Virginia, Dr. Jones, 53, has served as Superintendent in King and Queen County on Virginia's Middle Peninsula since August 2013.  Under his leadership, King and Queen County Public Schools has expanded its career and technical offerings and increased dual-enrollment opportunities for its students.

In addition to his most recent experience in King and Queen County, Dr. Jones brings a wealth of instructional and leadership experience to Danville Public Schools.  Prior to his appointment in King and Queen County, he served as Executive Director of Instruction for Spotsylvania County (Va.) Public Schools; Director of School Safety and Discipline Hearing Review Officer for Hanover County (Va.) Public Schools; and, for seven years, as Principal of Lee-Davis High School, also in Hanover County. 

In his role at Lee-Davis, Dr. Jones guided his faculty, staff, and students through a number of public safety crises, including the school's response to 9/11, the 2002 I-95 sniper attacks, and Hurricane Isabel.  During his tenure, Lee-Davis also saw a dramatic increase in its Algebra 1 SOL pass rate from 5% to 92% across those seven years.

Dr. Jones has also served as the Minority Achievement Coordinator in Williamsburg-James City County (Va.) Public Schools.  He began his career in student services positions with Radford University and Lynchburg College.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Jones lead Danville Public Schools beginning in July.  He brings a wealth of experience, tremendous skill, and incredible enthusiasm to the position, and we are confident that he will have immediate impact on student opportunities for learning," said Dr. Ed Polhamus, Chairman of the Danville School Board.

The School Board engaged BWP & Associates to conduct a nationwide search for the division's next leader.  "The team at BWP did a terrific job in helping to identify candidates who had the right set of talents and experiences to help DPS prepare its students for today's changing world.  They provided us with a number of very qualified candidates, and our Board has worked very hard the last few months to identify the right person to help our division continue moving forward," said Polhamus.

Dr. Jones said, "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Danville Public Schools as its next superintendent.  This community is blessed with bright students and talented educators, and I look forward to working with them to take our division's performance to the next level."

A native of Roanoke, Virginia, and married to a native of Patrick County, Dr. Jones continued, "In accepting this position, my wife and I feel like we are coming home.  To say that I am excited about this next step is an understatement."

Dr. Jones received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Secondary Education from Radford University; received his Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling, also from Radford University; completed coursework for administrative licensure at the College of William & Mary; and received his Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Virginia Tech.