Chesterfield County Public Schools, Virginia

Dr. Mervin B. Daugherty
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Student Enrollment: 60,828 (50% students of color, 32% economically disadvantaged, 6% Limited English Proficient)

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Dr. Mervin B. Daugherty officially joined Chesterfield County Public Schools as Superintendent of Schools on Nov. 1, 2018. Before being named Superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools in August 2018, Dr. Mervin B. Daugherty was Superintendent of Delaware’s largest and highest-achieving school district.

The 2015-16 Delaware Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Daugherty served as the chief executive officer for Red Clay Consolidated School District from 2009-2018. The Red Clay school district serves more than 16,000 students in 15 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, and three special education schools.

Before being named Superintendent in 2009, Dr. Daugherty served as principal of H.B. du Pont Middle School, Director of Professional Development and Assistant Superintendent for Academics. Dr. Daugherty served on state testing committees and advisory teams, coordinated interventions and awareness school programs, and helped to develop afterschool programs for students. He also developed programs to help students with problem-solving and leadership skills. Most recently, Dr. Daugherty worked with the Latin American Community Center and the Hilltop Lutheran Center to establish partnerships for academic assistance to students. Dr. Daugherty also built partnerships with Children and Families First and the Nemours Foundation to offer additional resources for schools.

During his time in Delaware, Dr. Daugherty worked with the City of Wilmington, the New Castle County Business Chamber and the State Business Chamber Association to enhance the state’s education system. Dr. Daugherty was elected President of the Delaware School Chiefs Officers Association in 2013. Dr. Daugherty was selected as a 2013 Catalyst for Change for the State of Delaware and received the 2014 JAG National Educational Leadership Award from Jobs for Delaware Graduates.

Dr. Daugherty earned his Doctorate in Leadership in Education from Wilmington University in 2007. He received his Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Salisbury University and his undergraduate degree in education from Frostburg State College.

Dr. Daugherty and his wife, Kim, have two children and three grandchildren.