Important InfoThis page will keep you posted on the latest for Charlottesville City Schools’ search for a superintendent to succeed Dr . Rosa Atkins, whose retirement is official on May 31, 2021.

Update as of May 4, 2021:

MEDIA RELEASE: The School Board of Charlottesville City Schools announced today that it has hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), based in Rosemont, Illinois, to conduct the search for a superintendent for Charlottesville City Schools. After holding the role of Charlottesville’s superintendent for 15 years, Dr. Rosa S. Atkins is retiring effective May 31, 2021 and assuming a cabinet-level position with the Virginia Department of Education.

“The School Board’s role is to support the schools, and the best way we can do that is to hire the right leader as superintendent,” said Charlottesville City Schools Board chair Lisa Larson-Torres. “To help us with that process, we’ve hired HYA. The School Board and HYA are committed to listening to community voices to help us find the right match to assure the continued success of our schools.”

The School Board will work with HYA to set up focus groups with school staff, parents, students,
elected officials, and community members to identify the leadership qualities these constituents feel are most important in an effective superintendent. Details regarding the location and time of the focus groups will be announced in the coming weeks. A survey will also be made available to all members of the community regarding the qualities desired for the new superintendent.

Jim Henderson, the recently retired associate superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, has already been tapped to serve as Acting Superintendent starting June 1.

The HYA team is comprised of HYA Senior Associate Dr. Brad Draeger, Ed.D., and HYA Senior Associate Ann Monday. Dr. Draeger and Ms. Monday are experienced superintendents and have been conducting successful superintendent searches for school divisions for over ten years.

Update as of April 1, 2021:

Earlier this month,  Superintendent Dr. Atkins announced that she would be retiring  from Charlottesville City Schools and accepting a top-level position with the Virginia Department of Education. Last week, the School Board voted to hire our former Associate Superintendent Jim Henderson as our Acting Superintendent, beginning on June 1. The Board also posted a request for proposals for a firm to help find our next Superintendent. Updates about this process will be posted to Please join us in extending our deepest appreciation to Dr. Atkins and Mr. Henderson!