Jamelle S. Wilson

Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Professor, Continuing Studies


Wilson serves as the fifth dean of the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. She succeeds Dr. James L. Narduzzi, Dean Emeritus, who served for 21 years at the helm of the School.

Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and a Master of Teaching (M.T.) from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in English, Writing and Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, also from the University of Virginia. She joins the esteemed group of “Cavalier Spiders” who share influences from both universities.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Wilson served as Superintendent of Schools for Hanover County, Virginia. Before being appointed as superintendent, Wilson worked in Hanover County Public Schools as a classroom teacher, a lead teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and an assistant superintendent.

Her involvement with the School of Professional and Continuing Studies started through her work on the governance board of Partners in the Arts, Richmond’s premier organization supporting and funding arts integration across the curriculum and a program of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Wilson also worked as an adjunct professor in the School’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate program.

Wilson brings to the School a focus on the stories and experiences of everyday working professionals and adult students earning degrees and certificates and working toward professional development and personal enrichment. She also brings her enthusiastic support for the Richmond area and a desire to see the University continue to serve the educational needs of the Richmond community.


Region 1 Superintendent of the Year

Strong Men and Women in Virginia History, Dominion and the Library of Virginia

Grand Marshal, Ashland 4th of July Parade

Outstanding Woman Award in Education, YWCA of Greater Richmond

Grand Marshal, Ashland Holiday Parade

Casey Extra Mile Award Recognition, Hanover County Public Schools

Nominee, YWCA Woman of the Year

Richmond Woman Business Woman of the Month

Nominee, Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

Nominee, Lee-Davis High School Teacher of the Year

Nominee, Salie Mae First-Year Teacher of the Year, Hanover County Public Schools


Wilson, J. S. (2015, Spring). Perspectives on leadership [Panel]. Virginia Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy. Panel member

Wilson, J. S. (2014, Fall). The changing face of assessment in our schools [Panel]. Virginia Association of Test Directors. Panel member

Wilson, J. S. (2014, Fall). [Keynote address]. Virginia Association of School Business Officials.

Wilson, J. S. (2014, July). [General session panel]. International Baccalaureate of the Americas Conference. Panel member

Wilson, J. S. (2014, June). [Panel]. Innovation in High Poverty Schools Summit. Panel member

Wilson, J. S. (2014, February). [Keynote address]. AdvancED Annual Conference.

Wilson, J. S. (2014, February). [Keynote address]. Brotherhood-Sisterhood Youth Awards Ceremony.

Wilson, J. S. (2013, Spring). Regional education [Panel]. Leadership Metro Richmond. Panel member

Wilson, J. S. (2012, Spring). Women in leadership [Panel]. Women Educational Leaders in Virginia. Panel member

Wilson, J. S. (2012, Winter). A celebration of black women in history [Panel]. Richmond African American Forum. Panel member


Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

Board of Governors, International Baccalaureate Organization

Children's Museum of Richmond Superintendent's Advisory Board

Commonwealth Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee

Curry School of Education Foundation Board

MathScience Innovation Center Board

Region 1 Superintendent's Committee

Region I Superintendent's Committee

Richmond's Future STEM Advisory Council

Urban Superintendent's Association of America

Virginia Association of School Superintendents

Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

University of Virginia Statewide K-12 Education Advisory Council

Professional Experience

Superintendent of Schools (2011-2015)
Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership (2003-2011)
Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.

Elementary School Principal (2001-2003)
Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.

Elementary School Principal (2000-2001)
Caroline County Public Schools, Caroline, Va.

Assistant Principal (1998-2000)
Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.

Leader Teacher Specialist for English (1996-1998)
Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.

Classroom Teacher (1991-1998)

Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.


Division Superintendent's License, Virginia

Post Graduate Professional License, Virginia

Community Service


  • Chair, Region 1 Superintendent's Committee (2014-2016)
  • Chair, Metropolitan Education Research Consortium (2014-2016)
  • Chair, Board of Management, MathScience Innovation Center (2013-2015)
  • Chair, AdvancED Accreditation Visit (E. C. Glass High School, 2009; Robert E. Lee High School, 2010)
  • Chair, SACS-CASI District Accreditation Visit (Ludowici, Ga., 2008)
  • Vice-Chair, SACS-CASI District Accreditation Visit (Spotsylvania County Public Schools, October 2008)
  • Founding Chair, Region 1 Autism Education Consortium (2008-2010)
  • Chair, Partners in the Arts Governance Board (2006-2009)


  • Chair, Association Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond YMCA (2014-2016)
  • Association Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond YMCA (2008-Present)
  • Hanover Tavern Foundation Advisory Board (2009-Present)
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Board (2008-2011)
  • Central Virginia Food Ban/FeedMore (2007-2009)
  • Leadership Metro Richmond (Class of 2008)
  • Virginia Biomedical Research Park, Kitchen Cabinet Advisory Committee (2007-2008)
  • Patrick Henry YMVA Board of Management (2003-2004)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Chapter
  • St. Paul’s Baptist Church

Selected Publications


Cassada, K. M., Stevens, C. J., & Wilson, J. S. (2005, Summer). Aligning school improvement: From goal-setting to classroom application. Educational Leadership, 62.


Wilson, J. S. (2000). [Review of the book Reforming American education from the bottom to the top, ed. E. Clinchy]. American School Board Journal, 187(5).


B.A., University of Virginia 1991

M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University 1998
English, Writing and Rhetoric

M.T., University of Virginia 1991
Secondary English Education

Ed.D., University of Virginia 2002
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Contact Information

238 Special Programs Building
(804) 289-8135
(804) 289-8138 (Fax)