Yvonne Brandon '76
Randolph-Macon College alumna Yvonne Brandon '76 has been named one of nine Outstanding
Women of 2011 by the Richmond, Virginia YWCA. The awards play "an important role
in bringing exceptional women together," says Cassandra Emery, executive director
and chief executive officer of the YWCA of Richmond.
Brandon is the superintendent of Richmond Public Schools. The district serves more
than 24,000 students in 29 elementary schools, nine middle schools and eight high
schools. She was previously tapped as interim superintendent before her appointment
to lead the district in 2009.
Randolph-Macon recently elected Brandon to serve on its Board of Trustees. She will
begin her term during the Board’s February 2011 meeting.
Brandon earned a B.S. in biology from Randolph-Macon
College in 1976, a master's in guidance counseling from Virginia State University
and an Ed.D. in educational supervision and administration from Nova Southeastern
University. She began her career in Richmond Public schools as a middle-school math
teacher. She also taught high-school science, served as a guidance counselor, and
led several schools as principal. In 1999, Brandon was appointed to her first administrative
position as director of instruction for Richmond Public Schools, followed by deputy
superintendent in 2006.