Retiring Gloucester County Public School System Superintendent Ben Kiser will become the executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents upon his retirement on July 1.
The superintendents association made the announcement of Kiser's hiring on Thursday. He will replace Steven R. Staples, who was recently appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe as Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Kiser is past president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. His hiring is expected to be approved by the association's board of directors at a meeting on Sunday, said a spokesman for the association.
Kiser has been superintendent in Gloucester since 2003. He started his education career as an industrial arts teacher at Greensville County High School in Emporia, Va., in 1974, the spokesman said.
Kiser said the association is a "well-respected professional association of visionary leaders that has directly influenced Virginia's conversation in recent years regarding a more reasonable approach to standards, assessments and accountability."