By Aila Boyd
Dr. Lisa Chen has served as assistant superintendent for instruction for Louisa County Public Schools since 2016.
Photo by Aila Boyd

The Botetourt County School Board held a special meeting in front of a full crowd last Friday evening to appoint Dr. Lisa Chen the new superintendent of the school division, replacing John Busher.

Chen, who has 23 years’ worth of education experience, will officially step into the role on July 1.

I am honored and humbled to be the new superintendent of Botetourt,” Chen said. “I’m grateful to all members of the board for their kindness, hospitality, and the comprehensive hiring process in which many, many questions were asked.”

John Alderson, who represents the Fincastle District on the School Board, made the motion to appoint Chen, which was seconded by Vice Chairman Scott Swortzel, who represents the Blue Ridge District. The motion was unanimously approved by the five-person School Board.

Following the vote, a video that Chen made that presented her vision for the school division was played.

It will be my primary goal to work with the School Board, faculty, and staff…

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