Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent to retire in June

Dr. Greg Killough made the announcement at Thursday night's school board meeting

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Killough announced Thursday night that he will retire in June.

The Blacksburg native made the announcement during Thursday night's school board meeting.

In announcing his retirement, Killough gave the following comments to the Roanoke County School Board:

Over 3 years ago, my wife and I were looking at new career options and our prayers were answered when I was offered the opportunity to step into the superintendent position here at Roanoke County Schools.  It has been an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding experience to work alongside such a talented, dedicated, and hard-working group of administrators and staff . . . and students of such a high caliber.  

After much prayer, my wife, Cathy, and I have made the decision that it is time for us to once again enter a new phase in our lives.  Cathy will be retiring from her teaching career at the end of this school year, and while I am not sure that I am ready to step away completely from my days of working, I think we have both agreed that it is time for me to change gears and look for new opportunities that will allow me to spend more time with my family and support my wife who has been by my side and supported me for the past 35 years.

With that in mind, I will be retiring from Roanoke County Schools effective the end of June, 2018.  I have assured the board that I will be more than happy to assist my successor in any way that I can, for as long as it is deemed to be helpful, to make sure that the school system continues to stay strong.  

Who knows where Cathy and I may be led next.  Our adult daughters are hoping that we will be drawn a little closer to Tennessee.   

I do want to thank my wife and each and every one of you for this opportunity and for the support you have given me.  I feel very blessed to have met and worked with so many wonderful people.  

Thank you to the staff, students, and parents for allowing me to serve you.

Killough officially became superintendent in July 2015. 

The Virginia Tech grad came to Roanoke County after serving as the superintendent at Caroline County Public Schools since July 2008.

Before that, Killough served as superintendent in Wise County Public Schools, teacher and coach in Warrenton and Virginia Beach, assistant principal in Virginia Beach, high school principal in Campbell County, supervisor of a Regional Adult Education program for the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Lynchburg City Schools, an assistant superintendent for Instruction in Franklin County, and an adjunct professor at Ferrum College and the University of Virginia.

He earned his master's degree at George Washington University and doctorate at the University of Virginia.

In the coming weeks, the Roanoke County School Board will begin the process to search for a new superintendent.

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