David Myers has served as an assistant superintendent for Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield public schools.
He had to make it to Hanover sooner or later.
Hanover County Public Schools hired Myers as assistant superintendent for business and operations. He succeeds Michael Thornton, who left the county in January to become Norfolk Public Schools’ chief financial officer.
Myers joined the Hanover staff April 8.
“It has been a wonderful transition. Everybody that I have worked with has just been tremendous,” he said.
Myers oversees the school division’s financial and budgeting, transportation, and food service operations, as well as facilities maintenance and construction, and he serves as the division’s legislative liaison.
He previously worked a similar position in Chesterfield, where he helped navigate that division’s budget through the economic recession.
Myers is a finance man, not an educator, so he has no ambitions of becoming superintendent. He did serve as Henrico’s interim superintendent while the school board sought out a permanent replacement, but he’s happy in the support role.
“This is the position that I want, and I will do everything I can to help support [superintendent] Dr. Wilson and the School Board, county administrator and staff, and Board of Supervisors,” he said.
Myers is a certified public accountant, and he began his career auditing public schools. The City of Richmond Public Schools recruited him to help with the installation of a financial system, and Petersburg grabbed him for similar work.
He returned to Richmond as an assistant superintendent, and he’s remained an assistant superintendent for about 17 years, going from Richmond to Henrico to Chesterfield and now to Hanover.
“Everyone’s different,” he said. “We have very similar federal requirements. Community expectations are very similar, but the way that we approach our education system here is slightly different than Chesterfield, slightly different than Henrico, slightly different than Richmond.”
He continued, “It really has been rewarding and fulfilling and fun to kind of see how folks do pretty similar things differently.”
Myers added, “Everybody in Hanover places such a high value on public education and provides such incentive and excitement to try to push that even further and, during difficult times, to maintain that.”
He hopes to foster a collaborative relationship among all stakeholders and “start a positive discussion, have folks understand the services that we can provide and the services that we can’t provide, based on the available revenues,” he said.
“Some great work and some great leadership has happened before I got here, but I hope that I can help the school division and the county work more closely with the community to create a sustainable education system that meets the expectations of the community,” Myers said.
“There were great investments in education that were made through the mid-2000s, and those investments, I think, to a great extent propel Hanover to the school division of choice in this region.
“As the economy has taken its effect on everyone, some tough decisions have been made over the last few years about what of those services, investments have had to be reduced, and I think we’ve still got some more of that ahead of us,” he explained.
Myers is especially happy to be working in Hanover, his home for the past eight years. He has children and grandchildren in the system, and his significantly shorter commute will allow him to attend more of their school events.
“I’m excited about that,” he said.