Madye G. Henson is set to fill the shoes of longtime Deputy Superintendent Cathy David as Superintendent Morton Shermans right hand beginning in July.
Henson will take over for David, a 34-year veteran of Alexandria City Public Schools, effective July 18. Hensons responsibilities will include shepherding policy development, community outreach, communications and working with the city on student services, among others.
The parent of a T.C. Williams graduate, Henson currently has a child at the citys sole public high school.
In searching for someone to fill this position, I was particularly keen on finding someone deeply connected to our Alexandria community and who understood our school division, Sherman said in a statement.
Henson comes to the district from Greater D.C. Cares, where she served as president and CEO. Prior to her stint at the Washington-based nonprofit, Henson was vice president of community impact development for the United Way Worldwide.
She also consulted for a research team at the University of South Florida, where Henson worked on school reform efforts in the Sunshine state and Pennsylvania.