NN Education Foundation, NNPS hire director to boost support for education

Posted: January 7, 2020

The Newport News Education Foundation and Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) have jointly hired Randall A. "Randy" Gilliland to serve as Director of the Foundation, and Corporate Partnership Liaison for NNPS.

In this capacity, Mr. Gilliland will support both the school division and Education Foundation by building corporate partnerships and raising funds to enhance the mission of ensuring all students graduate college, career, and citizen ready.

Mr. Gilliland brings a wealth of management and fundraising experience to the foundation and Newport News Public Schools, having served as President of the Support Teachers Foundation; a consultant for Med Serve, a non-profit medical service; founder and managing member of Sustainable Impact, a political, non-profit consulting firm; and founder and president of Gilliland and Company, a national political fundraising firm. He holds a master's degree in business administration from The College of William and Mary and a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Gilliland served on the Hampton City Council from 2002 to 2010, including two years as Vice Mayor. He has extensive service to the community, having led and served on numerous boards, commissions, and organizations.

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Gilliland to our team in partnership with the Newport News Education Foundation," said Dr. George Parker, III, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. "Building additional corporate and funding support is essential as we work to ensure all students have the opportunities they need to become contributing members our community," he added.

Newport News Education Foundation President John Shifflett said he "looks forward to a robust development program under Mr. Gilliland that will help us provide even more support for the students and teachers."

About the Newport News Education Foundation
The Newport News Education Foundation is a diverse group of citizens who support Newport News Public Schools efforts to prepare students for their future. Members bring to the Foundation their expertise in business, education and industry, as well as skills in community and military leadership. The Foundation advocates on behalf of NNPS and provides funds for Teacher Innovation Mini Grants, student scholarships, and hosts an annual student recognition dinner. During the past year the Foundation has earned more than $375,0000 in local grants to boost student skills in STEM, grow career opportunities in skilled trades, and strengthen its capacity to create a positive impact for students and the community. For more information visit http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/overview/nnef.html.

About Newport News Public Schools
Each day in Newport News Public Schools the focus is on one mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready. As a result, more students in Newport News Public Schools are graduating on-time. The NNPS graduation rate remains at an all-time high with 94.8 percent of the class of 2019 graduating in four years, which is higher than the state average of 91.5 percent. With nearly 27,000 students, Newport News Public Schools is the largest school division on the Virginia Peninsula. For more information visit www.nnschools.org.