Trimble County has a new superintendent. Todd Neace took the helm on July 1 as Jessica Wilcoxson retired after five years of service in the role.
Neace said he is looking forward to continuing the district’s legacy and is committed to student success and equity. He noted the district’s mission statement is, “It’s about every student, every day.” He wants to emphasize “every student.”
“I want to go into every situation asking, ‘How is this best for the students?’” he said. “I am very passionate about all students having the same opportunities.”
Neace has served in education for 26 years. He graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s in social studies and a master’s in educational leadership and administration before beginning his career in Perry County, where he taught middle school social studies.
From there, he taught high school history and Advanced Placement psychology in Jenkins Independent Schools. He then moved to Bath County and became principal of the district’s alternative education program, and later the middle school’s athletic director.
Eventually, Neace transitioned into the role of assistant principal and then principal at Bath County Middle School. Most recently, he was Bath County’s director of continuous instruction improvement.
Neace said he believes effective communication is crucial for a superintendent, and his 26 years in education has prepared him for the next part of his journey.
“Superintendents need to be able to talk to people in the schools, the community and (to) the students,” he said, “You need to work as an advocate for your district and build consensus to get plans and programs off the ground.”