Dr. Valerie Truesdale joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as chief technology officer in October 2012. She previously served as superintendent of schools in Beaufort and Oconee
counties in South Carolina.
“Technology is transforming the way we live, work and learn – and schools need to prepare digital learners in the way they learn best,” Dr. Truesdale said. “We want graduates of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to be literate as they prepare for college and careers in a digital age. Our responsibility is to provide technology systems that support learning at all levels.”
Dr. Truesdale, a native of Columbia, S.C., spent nine years as a superintendent. She also served as a chief instructional officer in Lexington and Richland counties for nine years and led the policy division of the South Carolina State Department of Education, supervising policy, technology, licensure and student assessment.
Dr. Truesdale has also served as a high school principal, assistant principal, personnel administrator and teacher. She was a faculty member and department chair at Mount Ida College in Newton and Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Dr. Truesdale has taught courses for Queens University and Clemson University. She worked in retail management with J.C. Penney Co. before entering education. Dr. Truesdale holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University, an M.B.A. from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a doctorate in educational administration
from the University of South Carolina.
Her contributions to education have been recognized nationally and regionally. She is a past president of the international Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She was the first national recipient of the Women in School Leadership Award, conferred by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in 2011. She was named state superintendent of the year in 2009 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and received a lifetime achievement award from that organization in 2012.
Dr. Truesdale and her husband have three grown children and four grandchildren.