In a few minutes, Loudoun County history was made on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices in Ashburn.
Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk Gary M. Clemens administered the oath of office to Dr. Eric Williams, making Williams the new LCPS superintendent. Williams began his first day of work in his new job the following morning.
“The word ‘oath’ in ‘oath of office’ is a solemn word, but it’s appropriately solemn given the importance of the task of superintendent and, really, all of our tasks in our work together…,” Williams said. “I’m incredibly honored to have the opportunity to serve as superintendent here and be able to build on the incredibly strong tradition of excellence in our schools…
“In addition to the words I spoke in my oath today, I make a commitment to all of you to work collaboratively with you to do exactly what I referred to in terms of sustaining the excellence of the Loudoun County Public Schools and building on that excellence.”
Attending Williams’ swearing in were School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn District), Vice Chairman Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge District) and members Tom Reed (At-Large), Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run District), Jennifer Bergel (Catoctin District), Jeff Morris (Dulles District), Bill Fox (Leesburg District) and Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District).
“We’re… excited to have you on board and eager to see what you will do to lead, what we believe, is one of the best school systems in America, certainly in the commonwealth,” said Hornberger before Williams took his oath.
Hornberger also thanked outgoing Superintendent Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, who was in attendance along with the members of the LCPS Senior Staff, for his service. Hatrick had served as superintendent since 1991.