Department of Defense Education Activity

Josh Adams Named New Kentucky Community Superintendent

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PEACHTREE CITY, GA — May 13, 2020 — Dr. Christy Huddleston, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Southeast District Superintendent, has named Mr. Josh Adams as the Kentucky Community Superintendent.

"Mr. Adams brings a wealth of educational and leadership experience to the Kentucky Community," said Dr. Huddleston. “He has a strong belief and value system to serve, support, and engage with faculty, parents, students, command, and community. He is a visionary leader, solution-oriented, and is highly regarded by DoDEA leaders, colleagues, and employees.”

Mr. Adams will oversee ten DoDEA schools located on Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, serving more than 5,100 students. His focus in this role is to provide leadership and support in teacher collaboration to advance student achievement, inspire and motivate teaching and district staff, and support the DoDEA mission.

"I can’t wait to start working to support the school communities at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox," said Mr. Adams. "It is a real privilege and honor for me to serve our military families and their students. I am ready to work with our educators, parents, command, and all others, as we strive for excellence for every student, every day."

Mr. Adams began his educational career in Oregon in 2000. During his tenure in Oregon, he served as a middle school assistant principal and elementary principal, as well as serving as the district human resources director. He begins his DoDEA career in 2010 in Germany. Mr. Adams served as principal at Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School and Ramstein Middle School until 2016. In 2016, he was selected as a community superintendent for the Europe East District in Kaiserslautern, Germany. As a community superintendent, he served schools across Germany with a primary focus on school communities in Baumholder, Wiesbaden, and the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

Mr. Adams's education includes a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, and two graduate certifications in Educational Administration from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Adams and his wife of 27 years have five children. All five of his children have attended DoDEA schools and the four oldest graduated from DoDEA schools.

He will replace Dr. Youlanda Washington, who will retire from DoDEA at the end of May 2020 with more than 40 years in education.