Dr. Ken Nicely named permanent superintendent of Roanoke County Schools

His confirmation comes after serving as temporary superintendent since July

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer

ROANOKE, Va. - Roanoke County Schools has named a permanent superintendent. 

Dr. Ken Nicely was confirmed as the new superintendent at a Roanoke County School Board meeting on Thursday night, according to Chuck Lionberger, community relations specialist for Roanoke County Schools. 

The school board originally had planned to conduct a nationwide search for a new superintendent but has canceled that search.  

“We had the best person for the job right here, so there was no reason to spend tens of thousands of dollars to conduct a search,” said Jason Moretz, chairman of the Roanoke County School Board.

Before being confirmed, Nicely served as the temporary superintendent since July.

Nicely replaced Dr. Gregory Killough, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“When I began my teaching career in Roanoke County Public Schools 25 years ago this month, I would never have dreamed that I would be standing here today as the new superintendent. Roanoke County is one of the top school systems in Virginia, and I am humbled, honored, and deeply grateful to be given the opportunity to lead this school division forward,” said Nicely.

Since joining Roanoke County Public Schools, Nicley has taught at Cave Spring Middle School and has been both an assistant principal and the principal at Hidden Valley Middle School.

In 2012, he moved to the central office, where he became the director of secondary instruction and later the director of administration.

Nicely graduated from the College of William & Mary, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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