Scott Brabrand Selected as Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Finalist

News Release
June 01, 2017

Scott BrabrandThe Fairfax County School Board has selected Dr. Scott Brabrand as the finalist for the position of Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), pending final Board approval at its meeting June 8, 2017. Brabrand currently serves as the Superintendent of the Lynchburg City Schools in Lynchburg, Virginia. Brabrand previously worked at FCPS in numerous roles including Assistant Superintendent, principal of Fairfax High School, assistant principal, associate principal, and teacher.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Scott Brabrand has agreed to serve as finalist for the Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools,” said School Board Chair Sandy Evans. “Dr. Brabrand’s deep knowledge and understanding of FCPS, coupled with his creative leadership abilities, will ensure FCPS’ continued excellence serving our students, our schools, and our community.  He brings a true passion for education and for FCPS. We look forward to working with him to further achieve our Portrait of Graduate vision and fully implement our strategic plan.  

“I would also like to thank Dr. Steve Lockard for his stellar leadership as Interim Superintendent during this period of transition, especially for guiding the school system through a challenging budget process. We look forward to Dr. Lockard continuing in his role of Deputy Superintendent.”  

Brabrand was selected as finalist following a nationwide search led by the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA). The Board received input from parents, employees, and the community before candidates were brought forward. The Board initially interviewed candidates in early February before narrowing the field for second interviews. A committee of nineteen staff and community members interviewed semi-finalists and provided feedback to the Board prior to the finalist selection. 

“Almost 25 years ago, I fell in love with Fairfax County Public Schools.  It is the ultimate honor and privilege to return as a servant-leader for this school system and for the entire Fairfax County community,” said Brabrand. “FCPS teachers, students, and parents are deeply committed to success and I look forward to harnessing that enthusiasm to continue achieving the high standards set for ourselves. It will be critical for me to listen and learn from all our stakeholders to see how we can best work collaboratively to address our challenges and ensure we meet the ever evolving needs of our students and community.”  

Brabrand earned his bachelor of science in foreign service degree in international economics from Georgetown University in 1990, and his master’s degree in education from The George Washington University. In 2003, he completed his doctoral work in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining FCPS as an employee, he served as a volunteer at FCPS while working as assistant manager for Bell Atlantic.   

Following Board approval, it is anticipated Brabrand will begin a four-year term on July 10, 2017. 


For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.