Dr. Robert "Bob" P. Grimesey Jr, Superintendent of Schools
Robert P. “Bob” Grimesey, Jr. assumed his responsibilities as Superintendent of Moore County Schools on July 1, 2014. He is committed to ensuring that Moore County Schools continues to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Prior to coming to Moore County, Dr. Grimesey served as Superintendent of Orange County (Va.) Public Schools from July, 2009 through June, 2014, and Alleghany County (Va.) Public Schools from July, 2001 through June, 2009.
He was honored twice as a regional superintendent of the year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). As Superintendent of Orange County (Va.) in 2012, he was recognized as superintendent of the year in Region 4, which includes 19 northern Virginia school divisions. With Alleghany County (Va.) in 2007, he was superintendent of the year in Region 6, which includes 15 school divisions in western Virginia.
Dr. Grimesey served as a chairman of the VASS Legislative Committee from 2010 to 2013. In May, 2013, he received the Association’s first-ever “Director’s Award” for “outstanding service as an advocate . . . for Virginia public education in the federal and state policy areas.” In November, 2010, he was named “Virginia Child Advocate of the Year” by the Virginia Parent-Teacher Association.
In October, 2012, Dr. Grimesey was selected from a pool of national nominees to receive the 2012 “Outstanding Superintendent Award,” sponsored by the Curry School of Education Foundation. The award is presented annually to a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.
In November, 2004, Dr. Grimesey was named “State Administrator of the Year” by the Virginia Music Educators Association. In February, 2005, he received the “Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Award” from the Virginia Technology Education Association.
Prior to his tenure in Alleghany County, Dr. Grimesey served from 1987 to 2001 in Rockingham County (Va.) Public Schools as assistant principal of John C. Myers Middle School (1987-1991), principal of Ottobine Elementary School (1991-1994), principal of Spotswood High School (1994-1998), and director of grants and partnerships (1998-2001). He began his administrative career as assistant principal at King George (Va.) Middle School (1986-87). Prior to becoming an administrator, Dr. Grimesey taught social studies and coached football and wrestling at Harrisonburg High School (1982-1984) in Harrisonburg, Va., and at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Va. (1985-86). He also served as a graduate assistant at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. during 1984-85 while he completed work on his master of education degree in school administration.
He graduated from Fairfax County’s Annandale (Va.) High School in 1974, where he played football under legendary coach Bob Hardage. Dr. Grimesey received his Bachelor of Science degree in communication arts from James Madison University in 1978. He served stints as a staff writer and sports writer for the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record between 1977 and 1984. In 1978, Dr. Grimesey earned first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association for “Best Sports Feature Article” and “Best Series of Stories.” He worked as an agricultural volunteer in Israel during 1979-1980. Dr. Grimesey completed his master’s degree in 1985 and he received his Doctor of Education degree in leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in May, 1991.
He married his wife, the former Carol Y. Martin, in 1982. Their oldest child, John, serves in the United States Air Force. They also have two daughters: Sarah, who teaches high school English in Davenport, IA; and Hannah, who attends Virginia Commonwealth University.