Waynesboro Public School appoints new assistant superintendent

Dr. Ryan Barber replaces Vermell Grant, who announced her retirement in early November

Waynesboro School Board members agreed Tuesday to appoint Dr. Ryan Barber as assistant superintendent effective immediately.

Barber replaces Vermell Grant, who announced in early November she was retiring at the end of the year.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in school leadership over the last nine years,” superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Cassell said at the time. “She will be greatly missed. It’s been a very bittersweet time in our office the last few days.”

Barber has worked for Waynesboro Public Schools for the past six years as the executive director of student dervices.

“Dr. Barber possesses all the qualities and abilities that epitomize outstanding leadership in public education,” Cassell said in a press release. “He is a consummate professional and his decades of experience have refined his interpersonal and leadership skills in working with students, staff, parents, and the community to achieve common goals. Dr. Barber exhibits a deep understanding of public education and the challenges faced by school divisions, coupled with a passion and ability to lead successful school division initiatives of which the community is proud and supportive.”

Before coming to Waynesboro, Barber had teaching and administrative experience with Prince George County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools and Rockbridge County Public Schools.

He earned his doctorate from Virginia Tech in educational leadership and policy studies, his master of education from Virginia Commonwealth University and his bachelor’s degree from Radford University.

Barber has strong ties to Waynesboro Public Schools. His wife, Meredith, is a Waynesboro High School graduate who teaches history at Waynesboro High School. His daughter, Madeline, a first-year student at the University of Virginia, is also a Waynesboro High School graduate, and his son, Colin, is a freshman at Waynesboro High School.