School Board Chairman Retires

Longtime Hanover County School Board Member Announces Retirement
Posted on 04/24/2023
HCPS LogoMr. John F. Axselle III, who has served the Beaverdam District on the Hanover County School Board since 1995, announced today that he intends to retire at the end of his current term, which concludes on June 30, 2023. Mr. Axselle currently serves as the School Board’s Chairman.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve generations of Hanover County students and families for 28 years. It seems like only yesterday that the late Mr. Aubrey M. (Bucky) Stanley, Jr. appointed me to the School Board, and I have had the pleasure of meeting many new friends and serving with many wonderful people on the Board during this time,” Mr. Axselle said. “I have also had the pleasure of working with three great superintendents – Dr. Stewart Roberson, Dr. Jamelle Wilson, and Dr. Michael Gill – as well as many dedicated senior staff members and administrators. My greatest pleasure during my tenure was visiting the classrooms, being with our children, and watching them light up with excitement when they learned something new.”

He added: “Dr. Roberson introduced a slogan to us that said, ‘Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing’ and the main thing is the young people of Hanover County. I have found that to be the best advice I have received as a School Board member, and I hope I have succeeded in applying it to my decisions over the years. Our school division is second to none, and I am appreciative of our talented and devoted leaders, faculty, and staff who work tirelessly to ensure we remain exceptional.”

Mr. Stanley appointed Mr. Axselle to the School Board in 1995. In Mr. Axselle’s 28 years on the Board, he has served as Chairman nine times and Vice Chairman four times.

“We are grateful for Mr. Axselle’s dedicated service to the students, families, and staff of Hanover County Public Schools for the past 28 years,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools. “His passion for education, the betterment of our students, and upholding our longstanding Tradition of Excellence is evident. On behalf of Hanover County Public Schools, we wish Mr. Axselle a joyful and restful retirement.”

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday on the nominations for the Beaverdam District School Board representative as well as the Henry District School Board representative.
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