Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Department of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion

Rosa Atkins

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins currently proudly serves as Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Chief Diversity Officer as well as Director of the Department of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion. She was the past superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, a division that serves economically, ethnically and racially diverse students in ten schools. Under Atkins’ leadership, Charlottesville City Schools collaborated with the University of Virginia School of Education and School of Engineering to establish the first US Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing and Technologies.  In 2011, she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, as well as Virginia State University Alumna of the Year for Professional Education. In 2015-16, she served as president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Atkins was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and invited to the American Association of School Administrators’ Digital Consortium at the White House. In October 2016, she was named as one of two national finalists for the Women in School Leadership National Award for Superintendents, presented annually by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) in cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Atkins demonstrates her commitment to developing future leaders by serving as an executive board member and mentor for aspiring superintendents for AASA/Howard University Superintendents Academy. She is an alumna of Virginia State University and graduate of Virginia Tech University with a Doctorate of Education. Atkins has served as teacher, principal and director in Henrico County Schools, Director of K12 Instruction in Richmond City and Assistant Superintendent in Caroline County.  Atkins has served on local, state, and national boards to include the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, State Council of Higher Education of Virginia, and President of the Urban Superintendents of America Association. She has also proudly served her Country as an Army Reservist for nine years.

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