Dr. Thomas Taylor is deputy superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS), where he oversees instruction and daily operations. Located near Richmond, CCPS is the fifth-largest school system in Virginia, with 62,000 students and more than 8,000 employees. Prior to his role as deputy superintendent, Taylor was the district’s chief academic officer and chief of schools. He led the process for creating the CCPS strategic plan and helped guide the school system to full accreditation four years in a row.

Taylor joined CCPS after serving nearly four years as superintendent of Middlesex County Public Schools, also in Virginia. While in Middlesex County, he was recognized as Virginia’s Region III Superintendent of the Year for his work to promote college and career readiness and for leading the first successful 1:1 computing initiative in rural eastern Virginia.

Taylor has more than 21 years of experience in education. He has worked as a social studies teacher, coach, and administrator in several K-12 districts, and has been an adjunct professor of educational leadership at the University of Virginia for the past 11 years. Taylor earned a doctorate in education policy and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. He also holds an MBA from William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business and a bachelor’s from Virginia Wesleyan University.