Jamelle S. Wilson (M.T. ’91, English Ed; Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was named dean of the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, effective Aug. 1, 2015. She has served as Hanover County Public Schools superintendent since July 2011. In 2015 she was named the Region 1 Superintendent of the Year. She also was recognized as one of the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History, presented by Dominion and the Virginia Library of Virginia. In 2014 she received the Outstanding Woman Award in Education from the YWCA of Greater Richmond. Wilson frequently presents on education and leadership.
Prior to becoming superintendent of HCPS she served as assistant superintendent for instructional leadership. During that time, all of Hanover’s schools achieved state accreditation. For school year 2014-15, Hanover achieved the highest on-time graduation rate for school divisions serving more than 15,000 students. The drop-out rate also was the lowest.
Earlier in her career Wilson served as an elementary school principal in Hanover and Caroline counties. She also taught English and developed a unique summer learning experience for students that integrated English and history. She serves as an executive coach for the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, providing support and coaching to first-year superintendents. For the past 12 years she has taught in the Curry School’s administration and supervision program as an adjunct instructor. She has served on the Curry School Foundation’s board of directors since 2012.