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New Superintendent Selected


The Poquoson City School Board has selected Arty Tillett as the next division superintendent. Jennifer B. Parish, Ed.D., the current superintendent, will retire in June.

“The board was very impressed not only with Mr. Tillett's experience and qualifications, but also with his personable demeanor and communication skills,” Poquoson School Board Chair Garry Carter said. “We are very confident that we selected the candidate who will serve both the school system and the community with enthusiasm, professionalism, and character.”

Tillett comes to PCPS from Dare County Schools in North Carolina. He currently serves as an assistant superintendent and was previously that division’s chief academic officer and director of secondary instruction, and, for 10 years, was the principal of First Flight High School.

“I am elated, humbled, and honored to be named Poquoson schools superintendent,” Tillett said. “I look forward to becoming a part of this amazing community and sharing my passion for learning and for doing what is best for students.”

Tillett is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and earned his master’s degree in school administration at East Carolina University. At the beginning of his 29-year career in education, Tillett taught middle school social studies and served as a coach.

In his role as an assistant superintendent, Tillett has worked extensively with a local community college, the College of Albemarle, and currently serves on their Board of Trustees. Tillett’s efforts have focused on strengthening and expanding dual enrollment and Career and Technical Education for all students. “To prepare for a successful life in this radically evolving global economy, we must provide meaningful and relevant opportunities,” Tillett said. “As superintendent, I hope to collaborate with all stakeholders to continue the division’s tradition of excellence and move PCPS to the next level of success.”

Tillett officially begins his tenure as superintendent on July 1, 2020. In the interim, he will work closely with Dr. Parish to learn more about PCPS and ensure a smooth transition.