Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Joshua E. Powell
Dr. Joshua E. Powell holds a B.A. from Berea College and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. He and his wife Anna earned Ph.D. degrees from the University of Louisville.

The Powells have been blessed with five children, three of whom are currently students in the Montgomery County School System. Dr. Powell shared with the staff on the opening day of school that he wanted the best treatment, opportunities, and education for his children - all 4,811 of them. He said every employee of the school system should treat every child in the district as they would their own child.

With eight years experience as a superintendent, Powell is well-known for his ability to produce dramatic improvement to school districts, having led three districts, including Montgomery County, to some of the highest academic gains in Kentucky’s history. During his time in Montgomery County, he is proud of the actions taken by the Board of Education and the community support and involvement that led to pursuit of a Baldrige Performance Excellence Award, opening of the Sterling School alternative education site, the Berea-Camargo Connection, establishment of the Montgomery County Intermediate School and the MC2 Accelerated Academy, positive job growth in the district, a commitment to maintaining a low student-faculty ratio, a raise for district employees in spite of a challenging economic climate, implementation of an MSU/Montgomery County educational degree cohort for preparing and promoting leaders, among other accomplishments, and designations as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in America and as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

Dr. Powell has received many accolades including being named the 2007 and 2009 Kentucky Association of School Administrators Administrator of the Year and 2010 Berea College Young Alumnus. He has been asked to present at numerous state and national conferences (including consecutive appearances at several), and has also been a featured panelist on the topics of school improvement and turnaround. In 2012, he was featured in the national District Administration magazine and the Kentucky School Boards Association Kentucky School Advocate publication. In 2013 he was among a select group of national superintendents invited to participate in the District Administration Leadership Institute.

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Montgomery County Schools
640 Woodford Drive
Mt. Sterling, Kentucky 40353