School Board names Dr. Ken Nicely superintendent of Roanoke County Schools

Courtesy of Roanoke County Public Schools
Courtesy of Roanoke County Public Schools

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Roanoke County School Board has named Dr. Ken Nicely as the new superintendent for Roanoke County Public Schools.

Nicely has served as acting superintendent since July 1st, when he replaced retired schools chief Greg Killough.

The permanent appointment of Nicely has since had a positive response from the Roanoke County community.

“When we named Ken as the acting superintendent, we received overwhelmingly positive support from the community,” said Moretz.

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

“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,” Nicely said immediately following the board’s announcement.

“They say that no one is truly a leader unless people are following. My pledge as the new superintendent is that we will move this division forward; but we will move forward as a team, committed to support the success of each team member as we all work together for the success of each child,” Nicely added.