Graduate Commencement Speaker

Steven R. Staples

As Virginia’s 24th superintendent, Staples serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools. He also serves as secretary of the Board of Education.
State Superintendent Steven Staples Previously, Staples served for two years as the executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. He also was a faculty member at the College of William and Mary from 2008-2012 and worked in various capacities in four Virginia school divisions. In 1997, he was selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

 Staples received his doctorate in education administration and supervision from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in  education administration and supervision, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history and English from the College of William and Mary.