Secretary of Education, Dr. Dietra Trent

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Dr. Dietra Trent was appointed Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Education. She joined the Administration of Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014. 

As Secretary of Education, Dr. Trent is tasked with promoting and implementing the Governor’s education agenda. This includes eradicating the Achievement Gap, promoting great teaching and learning, and working with agencies, stakeholders and other partners to strengthen educational pathways to the new Virginia Economy.

Prior to joining the McAuliffe Administration, Dr. Trent served as Deputy State Director for Senator Mark Warner, and also served in the administrations of Governors Warner and Kaine, where she served as Deputy Secretary of Education. She worked in the Office of Congressman Bobby Scott and in the President’s office at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Secretary Trent currently serves as Chair of the Minority Political Leadership Institute’s (MPLI) advisory board. MPLI is a program which supports leadership development for individuals focused on addressing and studying issues of importance to minority populations. She also serves on the Board for Higher Achievement – a nonprofit which aims to close the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities through the promotion of rigorous afterschool and summer programs.

A native of Halifax County, Virginia, Dr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Hampton University, and completed her master’s and Ph.D degrees in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.