On June 8, 2017, the Fairfax County School Board appointed Scott Brabrand, Ed.D., as their Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Brabrand, a career changer who was inspired by doing volunteer work in the schools, began his career in FCPS as a social studies teacher in 1994. He also served as an assistant principal at Herndon High and an associate principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School before being named principal at Fairfax High School in 2005. In 2009, Dr. Brabrand 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.
Before becoming Superintendent for FCPS, Dr. Brabrand spent five years as Superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools. In Lynchburg, he oversaw increases in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates in mathematics and reading and in the graduation rate, particularly for economically disadvantaged students and for Black students. During his tenure, Lynchburg City Schools saw its funding transfer increase for five consecutive years after five previous years of flat or declining transfers. In 2017, he was named Region V Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.
Dr. Brabrand oversees day to day operations in the 11th largest school district in the U.S. that includes 199 schools and centers; 189,000 students and 24,000 employees. FCPS has more than 27 million square feet of school buildings and office space, including 185 schools that have earned Energy Star certification for at least one year. He has worked collaboratively with county officials to achieve several fully funded budget requests. Thus far during his tenure in FCPS, he completed an extensive redesign of the Student Rights and Responsibilities regulation and implemented FCPSOn to provide laptops to all grade 3-12 students. His commitment to inclusivity and equity led to the appointment of the first FCPS Chief Equity Officer. In addition, Dr. Brabrand was elected to serve as President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents during 2020-21 school year. Most recently he was invited to serve on the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) American Rescue Plan Committee and provide input to Dr. Miguel Cardona., U.S. Secretary of Education.
Dr. Brabrand is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a master’s degree in education from George Washington University, and an education specialist certification from Virginia Tech. Dr. Brabrand completed his doctorate in educational administration as part of Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program. His dissertation was on “Virginia Principals and School Law.” He has taught courses on public school law at Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and on instructional issues in K-12 education at the University of Virginia.