Goochland School Board Member Mrs. Beth Hardy Recognized as PRSA Richmond Thomas Jefferson Award Winner

The Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced that Mrs. Beth A. Hardy, APR, is this year’s Thomas Jefferson Award winner.  The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes the achievement of a seasoned public relations practitioner who has made an ongoing commitment to the advancement of the profession.  Mrs. Hardy currently serves as Goochland’s District 4 School Board Member, a position she has held since being elected in 2011. She recently completed her second term as Board Chair during the 2017 calendar year.

Mrs. Hardy is the president of Hardy Communications and has over 25 years of experience in public relations, with a focus on strategic marketing and communications planning for both public and private businesses.  

In addition to her many accomplishments professionally and in her service to Goochland County Public Schools, Mrs. Hardy has served as a Board Member of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), where she has focused her work on advocacy for public education through legislation, making various trips to Washington, D.C. to create awareness among members of congress to the challenges and opportunities around educational improvement.  Her local efforts have benefited the students and families of Goochland as well. “The schools have benefited tremendously from the positive working relationship between the School Board and County Board of Supervisors,” said Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr., School Board Chair. “For going on seven years, Beth has tirelessly and consistently been in a lead role in the success of GCPS”

Mrs. Hardy will be recognized at the 71st Virginia Public Relations Awards, to be held in Richmond on Thursday, May 24.  The Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a professional organization that serves over 300 public relations practitioners living and working in Central Virginia, and has roots going back nearly 70 years.

Goochland County School Board Chair John L. Lumpkins, Jr. Appointed Interim Supervisor

The Goochland County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr. interim supervisor for District 3 at their Tuesday, April 17 meeting. Mr. Lumpkins is currently serving his second term on the Goochland School Board as the representative from District 3, a position he has held since being elected in 2011. He is also the current Chair of the Board, a position he held before in 2015. Mr. Lumpkins is a graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and operates his own law firm.

Mr. Lumpkins’ leadership, knowledge, advocacy for students, and keen eye for detail have contributed to the rapid and meaningful progress of Goochland County Public Schools under the leadership of the current School Board.

The Goochland County School Board will work to fill Mr. Lumpkins’ vacancy on the Board per Virginia Code requirements in the weeks ahead. Read Goochland County’s press release with more information on Mr. Lumpkins’ appointment here.

Mr. Joe Fowler Named Student Activities Director at Goochland High School

The Goochland County School Board approved the recommendation to appoint Mr. Joe Fowler, current teacher and head football coach at Goochland High School, as the new GHS Student Activities Director at their April 10th meeting.  Mr. Fowler will assume the role occupied by Mr. Bryan Gordon, who announced his retirement this year. Mr. Fowler’s experience in coaching and education has spanned over 25 years, 20 of which have taken place at Goochland High School, where Mr. Fowler has been the head football coach for the past 17 years.  In his tenure as head coach, Goochland won its only 2 state football championships in three appearances in the title game under Mr. Fowler’s leadership.

In addition to his success as head football coach, Mr. Fowler coached baseball and track.  He was named Goochland High School Teacher of the Year for his work teaching finance and economics, and was recognized for the success of his students on the W!SE Financial Literacy assessment among comparable national schools.  

Mr. Fowler has served as the assistant athletic director for the past six years, and was recognized as the VHSL Division 2 Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.   He has been additionally recognized by the Associated Press, Richmond Touchdown Club, district, and region as Coach of the Year during his tenure.

“We are very excited to continue to build on the tradition of athletic and extracurricular success at Goochland High School with the leadership of Mr. Fowler,” says Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent of Schools.  “His success as a coach and a teacher as well as his commitment to our community will make this important transition a win for Goochland”.

Mr. Fowler’s wife, Dr. Beth Fowler, serves as the Director of School Counseling at Goochland High School.

The recruitment and selection process for the new Goochland High football coach will begin this week.