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March 15, 2022


Rogers School Board Hires Dr. Jeff Perry as Next Superintendent

ROGERS – The Rogers Board of Education voted to hire Dr. Jeff Perry as the next superintendent and district leader responsible for 15,600 students and 2,000 staff members. He will begin July 1, 2022.

Perry is currently the superintendent of the Hamblen County School District in Tennessee which serves 10,500 students. He has been an educator for 35 years, which includes 18 years as a superintendent. He began his professional career as a high school teacher and coach in Norton, Va.  He later served as an assistant principal at both the high school and middle school level and then as a principal of a large elementary school in Riner, Va.  He has served as a superintendent of schools in Byers and Kremmling, Colo. as well as in Wise and Wythe County, Va.

“We had a field of outstanding candidates to consider,” said Nathan Gairhan, Rogers School Board president. “Dr. Perry will be an exceptional leader with the experience, passion and expertise that will help Rogers build on the solid foundation we have in our district.”

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and history at Clinch Valley College in 1986, a master’s degree in educational administration from Virginia Tech in 1990 and a doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech in 1994. He also earned an additional master’s degree in reading from Radford University in 1998.

Perry has been a very active member of the communities he has served. Most recently, he was honored with the Community Leadership Awards for both Hamblen County and the City of Morristown as well as two Rotary Avenue of Service Awards in 2021. He was also recognized as the regional Superintendent of the Year in 2020 and in 2018.

Perry was selected for the Rogers leadership role after an extensive national search looking for the candidate who best met the needs and qualities district stakeholders wanted in the next superintendent. Input from public meetings and surveys was included in the board’s application and selection process that began in December.