Dr. Newsome's Bio
Dr. Newsome's Bio
Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D.
Dr. Marcus J. Newsome
is entering his
10th year as superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools
is one of the most successful and longest tenured superintendents among the nation's 100 largest school districts.
In partnership with the School Board, educators and the community, he
has transformed the school system into a national leader in preparing students for 21st-century learning and global citizenship.
tenure, the school district has implemented the largest Google Chromebook initiative in the nation and has become a leader in children's engineering, career and technical education and effective implementation of blended learning, project-based learning, service learning and social media.
While consistently focused on continuous systemic improvement, Dr. Newsome
still makes time to mentor and interact with students.
Before moving to Chesterfield County, Dr. Newsome served as superintendent of Newport News Public Schools where all high schools were ranked among America's best by Newsweek magazine.
He has also worked in Prince George's County (Maryland) and in the District of Columbia Public Schools where he began his career and an art and mathematics teacher.
influence on education and policy stretches far beyond the boundaries of Chesterfield County.
He has served as a consultant to members of Congress, state and local elected officials and national and international business leaders.
was appointed in 2006 by Gov.
Dr. Newsome also serves as board chair of Bridging Richmond, an organization that engages regional educators, businesses, government, civic leaders and philanthropists in mobilizing resources to promote measurable and evidence-based decision making designed to build central Virginia's economy.
Additionally, he serves or has served as vice chair of the Virginia Statewide K-12 Advisory Council; chair of the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium; chair of the College of William and Mary's School-University Research Network; chair of the MathScience Innovation Center Board of Directors; chair of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents Legislative Committee; chair of the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School Superintendents Steering Committee; and member of the Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond Board of Directors.
Over the past several years, Dr. Newsome
has represented the Virginia Association of School Superintendents
as a trained mentor for new superintendents.
He founded the Newport News Parent University Network, which provides training for parents.
He also founded Mega Mentors, which connects business and civic mentors with middle and high school students.
At the college and university level, Dr. Newsome has served as a Harvard University associate in practice, associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, adjunct professor at Virginia State University and member of the Minority Recruitment Committee at Christopher Newport University and has lectured at a variety of colleges and universities.
He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Bowie State University in Maryland and a doctorate in religious education from the International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida.
awards include the FBI Community Service Award, Prince George's County Human Relations Commission Community Service Award, Virginia Region 1 Superintendent of the Year Award, Presidential Citation from the National Association for Equal Opportunity
in Higher Education and Virginia School Boards Association
Award of Distinction.
In addition to his work as a public educator, Dr. Newsome has worked as a professional artist, calligrapher, musician and youth minister.
is married to a public school teacher and is the father of three children.
Dr. Newsome's Bio
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