Tom Shelton, 2003-2004
Tom Shelton, 2003-2004

Tom Shelton, Kentucky’s 2011 Superintendent of the Year, became head of Fayette County Public Schools effective Sept. 1, 2011.  Tom previously served as superintendent of Daviess County schools in Owensboro since July 2004.  For six years, he was the assistant superintendent for finance and operations and three years as director of Business and Finance, also in Daviess County.  Coming from a long line of ministers and teachers on both sides of his family, Tom followed a nontraditional route to a career in education.  A certified public accountant, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in business administration and a Rank I in educational administration from Murray State University.  He has completed his Ph.D. degree in educational leadership from the University of Louisville and a graduate certificate program in executive educational leadership from Harvard University.  Tom serves as the chairman of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System’s Board of Trustees, a member of the Superintendents’ Advisory Council for the Commissioner of Education and president of the Council for Better Education.  He also serves as a member of the Unbridled Learning Guiding Coalition, which leads the state’s work related to our new assessment and accountability model and the development and implementation of our new teacher and leader effectiveness system. In addition, he represents Kentucky as a member of the Governing Board and of the Council of County School Superintendents of the American Association of School Administrators.

Tom and his wife, Gwen, have two daughters:  Abby and Audrey.