Louisa County Public Schools chief Doug Straley was named superintendent of the year for Region 5, which includes 20 school districts.
He is now one of eight candidates to be named the top school official in the state.
The decision was made by a committee of school leaders in Region 5, according to Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, the Greene County superintendent and the 2019 regional winner.
“Mr. Straley always goes out of his way to be a team player. He continuously strives to advocate not only for his school division, but for those around him. His willingness to authentically collaborate with other division leaders showcases his overall desire to help all students succeed,” she said.
Whitmarsh highlighted Straley's creation of the Team LCPS concept, which emphasizes unity among students and staff, and the school district's momentum in implementing the "5 C's": creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and citizenship.
"We are fortunate to see Doug excel and challenge each of us every day," said Greg Strickland, Louisa County School Board chairman.