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Dr. Julius Hamlin

On June 1, 2022, Dr. Julius Hamlin was appointed to serve as Acting Superintendent for Petersburg City Public Schools.  Previously, Dr. Hamlin held the title of Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent’s Designee. Prior to joining the PCPS team in August 2021, he served with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as the Associate Director within the Office of School Quality.  Dr. Hamlin, who was raised in Sussex County, has also previously served in the capacity of Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent’s Designee, Director of Instruction, as well as Secondary and Elementary Principal with Sussex County Public Schools (SCPS).

In addition to over seventeen years of educational leadership experience, Dr. Hamlin holds an active Division Superintendent and Postgraduate Professional License issued by the Virginia Board of Education and in 2020 completed the Aspiring Superintendents Program at Virginia Tech.  His Doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, as well as his Master of Education degree, were both earned from Virginia State University, where he is also serving as an Adjunct Professor.  Dr. Hamlin obtained his Educational Leadership and Supervision certificate from George Washington University.  His undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Technology is from Norfolk State University.

Dr. Julius Hamlin’s professional interests all revolve around being an active participant in positive change.  He has a constant focus on intentionally making a significant difference in the lives of the children, staff, faculty, administration, and other stakeholders in the community he serves.  As a product of the Virginia public school system and having worked with school divisions across the Commonwealth, Dr. Hamlin says that he has been fortunate to have served in Virginia communities as a student, teacher, coach, and school and division administrator.  As a servant leader, Dr. Hamlin continues to promote the importance of creating a culture of collaboration, relationship building, accountability, and working together as one community. 

One of Dr. Hamlin’s most gratifying professional accomplishments was in his former role as an elementary principal who assembled and led the team responsible for moving Sussex Central Elementary School from the bottom ten percent in the state to “Fully Accredited” status during his first year as their principal.  Through the dedication and hard work of an elite group of students, faculty, staff, and community members, this Sussex Central Elementary School TEAM gained more than 20 percentage points on the Standards of Learning assessments for both Reading and Math in that spectacular school year. 

During his subsequent tenure in Sussex County Public Schools (SCPS), Dr. Hamlin was also fortunate to have provided additional direct support to SCPS, which aided all elementary and secondary schools to earn and maintain their full accreditation status over the last four consecutive years.   Dr. Hamlin believes that all localities can leverage high-impact data to achieve and celebrate student performance growth.  This kind of success can be the catalyst to boost educator morale, elevate the confidence of children, and validate the support from all stakeholders.  This success can also be the catalyst for achieving the goals and actions steps outlined in Petersburg’s Corrective Action Plan with the Virginia Department of Education and the Memorandum of Understanding with the Virginia Board of Education.

On a personal note, Dr. Hamlin is also the proud father of three and is married to his best friend.  In addition to spending quality time with family, he also enjoys supporting students at school and community events.  Whenever time allows, you can find Dr. Hamlin catching up on his “Honey Do” list and hitting golf balls out on the golf course.