Secretary of Education
Javaid Siddiqi was appointed Secretary of Education by Governor Bob McDonnell on November 18, 2013. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, the Secretary assists the Governor in the development and implementation of the state’s education policy. In addition, Secretary Siddiqi provides guidance to the 16 public universities, the Virginia Community College System, five higher education and research center, the Department of Education and the state-supported museums. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Secretary of Education focusing his efforts on teacher quality and improving educational outcomes for all students.
Before joining the McDonnell administration, Javaid Siddiqi spent 12 years with Chesterfield County Public Schools. During his time in Chesterfield, Dr. Siddiqi served as a high school teacher, assistant principal, and as principal of Robious Middle School where he led the implementation of Expeditionary Learning, a nationally recognized school reform model.
Siddiqi received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his masters degree from Virginia State University. He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a native of Chesterfield and is a graduate of Virginia public schools. He is married and has two children.