FCPS Superintendent Announces Departure from School Division in July 2022

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
July 15, 2021

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has announced that he will be leaving the school division at the end of the 2021-22 school year, consistent with his contract.  Dr. Brabrand will continue to serve as the school division superintendent through June 2022 with a continued focus on ensuring all students receive a world class education. He will also work with the Fairfax County School Board to lay the groundwork for a smooth transition in leadership at the end of his term.

Dr. Brabrand, a career changer who was inspired by doing volunteer work in the schools, began his career in FCPSSuperintendent Scott Brabrand as a social studies teacher in 1994. He also served as an assistant principal at Herndon High School and an associate principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School before becoming principal at Fairfax High School in 2005. In 2009, he was promoted to cluster assistant superintendent, where he was responsible for 29 schools and more than 22,000 students, and provided collaborative leadership for 27 principals and administrators. Prior to being named superintendent at FCPS in 2017, Dr. Brabrand spent five years as superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools.

In his nearly 30 years with FCPS, Dr. Brabrand has been dedicated to serving every child by name and by need, and promoting a philosophy of putting people first--students, staff, families, and the broader Fairfax Community. “I pledge to continue to serve with the same love and passion for FCPS that I had when I started,” said Dr. Brabrand. “In the best of times and in the worst of times, I have always strived to lead with a steady hand and a full heart.”

Dr. Brabrand noted several accomplishments during his tenure including securing fully funded budgets prior to the pandemic; embedding an equity focus throughout the division; broadening access to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for students with an aptitude and passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and enhancement of a collaborative culture within our schools and departments to better engage and serve all of our students and families.

“My colleagues and I are extremely grateful for Dr. Brabrand’s unwavering commitment to FCPS students, staff, and families,” said School Board Chair Ricardy Anderson. “We look forward to our continued collaboration toward the goal of returning all students to school safely for five days in the fall and providing every child the instructional and social emotional services they need this coming school year.”

The School Board will immediately begin the process of finding a new division superintendent. Community members will have opportunities to participate in the process.

For more information, visit FCPS’ Superintendent Search webpage or contact the Office of Communication and Community Relations at [email protected]. Members of the media may contact Julie Moult, [email protected], 571-395-7398 or Kathleen Miller, [email protected], 571-286-6523