New Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán

Dr. Francisco DuranOn May 7, 2020, the Arlington School Board named Dr. Francisco Durán as the new Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (APS). Dr. Durán joins APS from Fairfax County Public Schools where he has served as Chief Academic and Equity Officer since 2015. He has a diverse background in education spanning 26 years, including top-level leadership and superintendent experience in a variety of large urban school divisions with culturally diverse populations. He has served in various roles as a teacher, director, principal, administrator and superintendent. In 2018, Dr. Durán was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Education where he played a key role in the adoption of the new Standards of Quality for Virginia.

Dr. Durán has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in educational administration from San Francisco State University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in organization and leadership from Columbia University.

Dr. Durán is a bilingual educator who began his career as a special education assistant in Albuquerque Public Schools, and he also served for five years as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher in Albuquerque and California. He went on to hold administrative and leadership positions in the San Francisco Unified School District and Philadelphia City Schools.

Prior to joining Fairfax County Public Schools in 2015, Dr. Durán was Superintendent of Trenton Public Schools in New Jersey, where he was unanimously appointed for a second five-year term. In Fairfax County, Dr. Durán’s work as an equity leader is driven by his background and commitment to support all students. He helped develop, initiate and implement the “One Fairfax” policy to close opportunity, access and achievement gaps, a joint social and racial equity policy with Fairfax County.

Dr. Durán will replace Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson, who has led the school division since September 1, 2019. Ms. Johnson will return to her role as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services when Dr. Duran steps into his role on June 1, 2020, and will coordinate with him to ensure a smooth transition.

In June, Dr. Durán will begin meeting remotely with employees, students, families and community members, including a series of online town hall meetings during which the public is invited to ask questions. Dates for those meetings will be shared soon. To submit questions for Dr. Durán’s June town hall meetings, email More information and updates about Dr. Durán’s schedule will be posted on the superintendent search page on the APS Engage webpage and communicated through School Talk and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on the nationwide search and appointment process, please visit the APS Engage webpage.

School Board Remarks

Read a copy of Dr. Durán’s remarks  |  Español  | Монгол  |  አማርኛ  |   عربى