Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Yvonne W. Brandon '76 is this year's Commencement
Randolph-Macon College Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May
26, 2012 at the R-MC Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza.
Click on 2012 Commencement for
more information on this year’s events and activities.
President Robert R. Lindgren recently announced that the Commencement speaker will
be Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Yvonne W. Brandon ’76.
“Dr. Brandon is a wonderful inspiration for our students and we are pleased that
she will serve as our Commencement speaker,” said Lindgren. “She was a student at
Randolph-Macon during a time of historic transformation, when the college became
co-educational. Brandon’s road to success is a shining example of the accomplishments
possible with a liberal arts education.”
Brandon is the superintendent of Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia.
The district serves more than 24,000 students in 29 elementary schools, nine middle
schools and eight high schools. She previously served as interim superintendent
before her appointment to lead the district in 2009.
She earned a degree in biology from R-MC 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 distinguished 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 her promotion to deputy superintendent in 2002.
Brandon has credited R-MC for teaching her critical-thinking and problem-solving
skills. She said, “I cannot put a price tag on my academic and social experiences
at Randolph-Macon.” Brandon has served on Randolph-Macon’s Board of Trustees since
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