CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Chesapeake has named a new leader for its school system.
Dr. Jared Cotton, a Great Bridge High School graduate, was appointed as the new superintendent during the school board’s regular meeting on May 14.
Dr. Cotton is taking over for Dr. James Roberts, who is retiring at the end of next month.
Dr. Cotton began his 25-year career in education in Hampton Roads. He taught 5th grade at Crestwood Intermediate School, which he also attended as a student. He also served as Assistant Principal at both Hickory Middle School and E. W. Chittum Elementary School and was the Principal at G. A. Treakle Elementary School.
Currently, Dr. Cotton serves as superintendent for Henry County Public Schools, where he was recently named 2019 Virginia State Superintendent of the Year.
Prior to joining Henry County Public Schools in 2012, he served for more than six years as the Associate Superintendent for Educational Leadership and Assessment for Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
“I am looking forward to working closely with the Chesapeake community to further enhance the
educational programs and opportunities for students. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity
to return to Chesapeake and support the high-quality educational system that is already in place,” said Dr. Cotton, in a news release from the school system.
Dr. Cotton received his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and earned his master’s degree and doctorate from The George Washington University.