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Dr. Deborah Dymacek Pettit '72

Lauded for response to earthquake

Dr. Deborah Pettit '72Dr. Deborah D. Pettit, superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools, has been named the 2013 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region 5 of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). Region 5 comprises 22 school divisions in Central Virginia. Pettit was selected by a VASS committee of professional colleagues based on her leadership qualities.  Dr. Pettit is a 1972 graduate of The College of William & Mary. In response to her award she said, "I am humbled by the recognition and compelled to accept it on behalf of the entire school division because they are the reason for our successes."

In the press release from VASS,Region 5 Chair Dr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools said, "The mark of great leadership is the ability to respond to a crisis while maintaining the focus on the core mission of learning,"  "Deborah has proven to be exceptional in many ways. Her response to the earthquake and to other challenges in Louisa County demonstrated outstanding compassion, professionalism, and excellence. Her attentiveness to student success and achievement shines through in all of her decisions."

Dr. Pettit is appreciative of the recognition.

"My priority as a superintendent is to provide the best education possible for Louisa County students, and it is an honor to receive this award and to have the main focus of my leadership recognized," said Pettit.

The eight Regional Superintendents of the Year will be honored at the VASS Annual Conference May 6-9, 2012. One will be announced as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year at that time.