Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw was appointed superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools on January 10, 2014, but he is no stranger to the school division, having served in HCPS leadership since 1997.
Dr. Kinlaw began his career in HCPS as the director of Staff Development. In 2004 he became the assistant superintendent for Administrative Services, and in 2010 he was named deputy superintendent. Over time, he accumulated a variety of additional responsibilities including Policy, Elementary Education, Leadership Development and Special Projects.
“We are blessed to reside in a community where there are such high expectations among students, parents, staff, and many other stakeholders regarding the caliber of educational programming that must be available to students,” Kinlaw said. “Not only is a strong commitment to educational excellence critical to the success of our students, it is also critical to the success of the Henrico County community as a whole.
“We intend to live up to those high expectations for all students in our school division, regardless of where they reside, their backgrounds, or individual challenges they may bring to the schoolhouse,” Kinlaw added. “Every child deserves to be at their best as a result of their experience with us.”
As superintendent, Dr. Kinlaw oversees the Division Leadership Team, or “DLT”, which is comprised of the departments of Elementary Education and Instructional Support Services, Secondary Education, Finance, Operations, Human Resources, and Communications and Public Relations.
Kinlaw holds three degrees including a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, a master’s in education administration from East Carolina University, and a bachelor’s in education from East Carolina University.
Prior to joining HCPS, Dr. Kinlaw spent 12 years with Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina. He also spent time early in his career at Longwood University and East Carolina University.
Henrico County Public Schools is the sixth largest public school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia. HCPS has 72 schools and program centers serving nearly 50,000 students.