Acting superintendent tapped to lead Patrick schools, firm hired for search

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J. David Martin

J. David Martin was selected by the Patrick County School Board to serve as the acting school superintendent, effective July 1.

In a separate action at the Tuesday meeting, the board also selected Martin’s consulting firm, Real Synergy LLC, to help recruit a new school superintendent.

Current School Superintendent Bill Sroufe accepted the top slot with the Colonial Heights school division. His tenure with the local school division concludes June 30.

The votes for Martin and his firm were unanimous.

Martin currently serves on the Henry County Board of Supervisors, where he represents the Iriswood District. In the past, he has served as the superintendent of Henry County Schools. His career in public education spans thirty-three years, during which he also served as the superintendent of schools in Manassas Park City Schools, Williamsburg-James City County Schools, Fauquier County Schools, and Lincoln County Schools in North Carolina.

He has served as a faculty member at The George Washington University and currently is the coordinator of educational leadership programming at the New College Institute for James Madison University in Martinsville.

Martin was named the 2007 Virginia Superintendent of the Year and also received the Tech Savvy Superintendent Award for 2007 from eSchools News. He is archived in the Smithsonian Institute for a one-to-one laptop initiative and received the Smithsonian Innovation in Technology Award in 1999.

He received his B.S. in special education from James Madison University, his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, and his Ed.D. degree in Education Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Martin and his wife, Joyce, live in the Axton community.