Orange County School Board Appoints Tanner as Superintendent

The following is the content from the Orange County Public Schools Press Release of November 24, 2014 announcing the appointment of Dr. Brenda Tanner as Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools.

Dr. Brenda Tanner, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools

The Orange County School Board appointed Dr. Brenda Tanner as Superintendent during its called meeting and work session on Monday, November 24. Tanner has served as the interim Superintendent since Dr. Robert Grimesey’s retirement in June 2014.

“During her time as interim, Dr. Tanner has proven her ability to lead our system,” stated Judy Carter, Board Chairman.

When speaking of the appointment, Mr. Jim Hopkins, School Board Member, expressed his enthusiasm for working with Dr. Tanner stating that in her work, “she has demonstrated that she has the experience and knowledge to lead Orange County Public Schools to the next level.”

Tanner has over 35 years of experience in education in Virginia and South Carolina, including her six years as Superintendent of Schools in Madison County. She has served as Chief Academic and Chief Personnel Officer for Horry County Public Schools in South Carolina, a district with 31,000 students and 4,000 employees, and as a teacher and administrator in several Virginia school divisions.

“I am honored to become a member of the Orange County team. In the few months I have served as superintendent, I have been impressed with the dedication, passion and commitment that staff, parents, and community members have for our educational programs and services.”

The majority of Dr. Tanner’s career has been in PK-12 systems. She also has worked at the college level, teaching in the area of leadership and school administration at the University of Virginia while also directing the Curry School’s school/university professional development curriculum.

Dr. Tanner received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Lynchburg College, her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Virginia, and her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Virginia. She has written, consulted and presented on a wide range of educational topics. She has also served as a member of study committees working in program evaluation, strategic analysis, and planning.

She and her husband, Russell James, live in Locust Dale and both look forward to being involved in school and community events.

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