On February 1 2021, Dr. Bernard “Trey” Davis III will take over as superintendent of Richmond County Public Schools.

Davis is a Northumberland High School graduate who has spent 26 years in education serving in positions including teacher, assistant principal, principal, activities director, technology director and central office administrator.

He’s currently the K-12 career and technical education supervisor for Manassas City Schools. But Davis said he’s “overly excited” to be returning home with his wife and two kids.

Davis said he grew up in and around Richmond County his whole life. “This is a wonderful community filled with supportive parents, exceptional students and engaged community members,” he said. 

Davis also noted that Richmond County has had a very solid and productive school system, and he wants to continue the high expectations.

He has already won the confidence of the Richmond County School Board, which began the search for a new superintendent in July and selected Davis from seven “highly qualified candidates.” 

Despite what some may assume, Davis wasn’t selected because he’s from the Northern Neck. He was selected because once the school board narrowed the candidate list down to three potential hires, Davis “was by far number one,” said Ken Blackley, Richmond County School Board Chairman.

“Things that were important in selecting the new superintendent included having someone to continue on with the programs we’ve built and also to try to do a better job with the equity of race,” Blackley explained.

Davis laid out a 100-day plan of what he would do and outlined how he would continue the programs. “He had really done his homework,” Blackley added.

Dr. James Smith, who is currently the superintendent, also expressed a high level of regard for Davis and for expectations of his future performance. 

“Davis is a good man who will do a good job for the county and carry on the leadership of the school system,” Smith told Richmond County’s Board of Supervisors.

And although the school board worries every day about what is going to happen with regards to COVID-19, they aren’t worried about making this leadership change during the midst of the pandemic.

Blackley said he thinks Davis is going to carry on fine. He believes Davis is a supporter of in-person learning and doesn’t foresee that program being in jeopardy once Davis is superintendent.