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N. Wayne Tripp

Clinical Assistant Professor


Dr. Wayne Tripp is a clinical assistant professor of education specializing in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He earned an Ed.D in Educational Administration from Virginia Tech. As program leader of the Educational Leadership graduate program, he assists the Educational Leadership Program faculty by organizing cohorts, scheduling classes, and overall administration of the program. He has published on educational administration matters and presented at many state, regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in teaching and advising, Dr. Tripp engages in professional service activities. He has consulted for a number of PK-12 school divisions throughout his career. In 2008 alone, he consulted for Buchanan County Public Schools, Franklin County School Board, Grayson County School Board, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, and Russell County Public Schools. He currently serves as the School of Education representative for the Virginia School Leaders Institute (VSLI).  VSLI is a partnership that includes the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement at Virginia Tech, the School of Education, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, and the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. VSLI operates two programs for school administrators, the Recently Appointed Administrator Program and the Aspiring Superintendents Program. Dr. Tripp teaches in both. Throughout the years, Dr. Tripp has held numerous leadership positions in educational organizations, boards, and consortia, such as the Virginia Board of Education Accountability Advisory Committee, the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Finally, Dr. Tripp has received honors and awards in recognition of his exemplary professional contributions. He was voted the Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents in 2003 and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 1998. He was Virginia Nominee for National Superintendent of the Year in 2004. Most recently, he received the Roanoke College Charles Brown Award. Dr. Tripp’s scholarly and professional contributions enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ed.D.  Educational Administration, Virginia Tech, 1995

C.A.G.S  Educational Administration, Virginia Tech, 1993

M.S.  Educational Administration, Radford University, 1977

B.A.  History, Virginia Tech, 1972

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae 

The superintendency, Superintendent-School Board relations, Leadership succession planning, The principalship, Historical methods of research, History of education, Foundations of education, History of African-American schooling in Virginia

With 40 years educational experience in PK-12 settings, including principalships in three different school divisions and over 17 years as superintendent of schools for the City of Salem school division in Virginia, Dr. Tripp provides meaningful and authentic learning experiences for the graduate student cohorts in the Educational Leadership program. He provides instruction and leadership that develops the skills and abilities necessary for students to take on responsibilities as principals, assistant principals, supervisors, superintendents, university faculty, and researchers in the field of education leadership. He teaches courses that enable students to make connections between theory and application, such as Theories of Educational Leadership, Readings in Educational Leadership Research; Public School Budgeting; Nature and Context of Education and Learning; and, Seminar: The Superintendency. Dr. Tripp also advises a number of graduate students each year.

    Hokie Bird

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