Donald “Rusty” Fairheart was named Interim Superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools on June 1, 2018. Previously he served the school division as Chief of Staff, with oversight of day-to-day operations since joining the division in 2016.
As a 25-year education veteran and a former school superintendent, Mr. Fairheart has considerable experience in school facilities management, strategic planning and budget development, technology program implementation, and curriculum and instructional strategies deployment. He has successfully served diverse student populations and socioeconomic levels with a keen eye on equity, and is a leader who is known for mobilizing all available resources to ensure every stakeholder is confident in the educational opportunities provided to students.
Fairheart holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University, a Master’s of Art degree from Hampton University, a post Master’s Certification in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Radford University, and has taken coursework for a Doctorate of Educational Policy and Leadership from Virginia Tech.
Mr. Fairheart began his career as a special education teacher with the Southeastern Cooperative Education Program (SECEP) and as an instructional specialist for York County Public Schools. He later served as assistant director of special education and director of assessment for Gloucester County Public Schools. Prior to joining Chesterfield County Public Schools, he was executive director for the multijurisdictional SECEP in Norfolk. Fairheart served as superintendent in Middlesex County from 2007-11.