During February’s State Board meeting, Stewart submitted his letter of resignation to the Board, citing that it was time for a new leadership with a new vision. Since his announcement, leaders in the education community have pleaded with Stewart to reconsider his resignation.
“Since I made my announcement in February, I have received an overwhelming amount of support encouraging me to reconsider my decision,” said Stewart. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, we decided that it was not yet time for me to leave.”
Dr. Stewart began his career in education in 1972 as an elementary teacher and later served as an elementary school principal. Dr. Stewart worked in West Virginia and Delaware for more than 15 years in the areas of purchasing, finance, business, accounting and as treasurer. In 1990, he became assistant superintendent for a county school system in West Virginia and was named a county superintendent in 1993.
Prior to becoming state superintendent of schools in March 2000, Dr. Stewart served as assistant superintendent in charge of administrative services for the West Virginia Department of Education. He also worked as an assistant division chief at the Department from 1993-96.