“Dr. Stewart has done wonderful things for education in our state, and we are so grateful for his guidance and commitment,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Barbara Fish. “Our state assessment data speaks volumes to the quality of his leadership and dedication to the students of West Virginia. Since Superintendent Stewart has been at the helm of the Department of Education, student reading and math assessment scores, SAT and ACT scores, and overall student achievement have continually improved.”
The West Virginia Board of Education expects to meet in the near future to discuss the steps necessary to begin a search for a new superintendent.
“Education has been good to me, both professionally and personally,” said Stewart. “In recent years, there have been some monumental changes in the way we educate our students. Teachers, county administrators and Department of Education staff have faced educational challenges and embraced better learning. As a result, student achievement levels for all students have never been higher. I am proud of the strides our state has made in the educational arena. However, at this time, I know I must move into another phase of my life. It is simply time.”
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, beginning in 1998. He also worked as an assistant division chief at the Department from 1993-96.