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Dr. Virginia Richter

Senior Vice President of Schools

Dr. Virginia Richter graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 with a degree in Agricultural Education. She then completed the Alternative Certification Program at UTPA, was offered a teaching position and began her career in Mission in 1986.

Dr. Richter earned her Master’s in Supervision in 1990 and Mid-Management Certificate in 1991, both from the University of Texas–Pan American. She then attended the University of Houston where she completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2000.

After teaching two years in Mission and two years in PSJA at the elementary level she became an Instructional Facilitator in 1990. She was the main force in opening a new school, North Alamo Elementary, in 1994. In 2002 she was named school principal. While being a principal in a low poverty, low income, and high mobility rate school, the school was rated exemplary by the Texas Education Agency for 12 consecutive years.

In 2008, she accepted the position of Area Administrator in PSJA ISD. Dr. Richter was in charge of nineteen schools, grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth, working with administrators and teachers to ensure that students received the best education possible. She worked with the administrators and teachers at one high school that was in Stage 5 and they were able to turn it around to Recognized.

On July 1, 2012, Dr. Richter became the Superintendent of Sharyland ISD, where she served for 27 months. She lives in Sharyland, so she was especially excited to lead the district to receive many academic accolades positively affecting the educational opportunities of the students in her home community.

Dr. Richter began a new chapter in her life in July 2015 when she joined the IDEA Public Schools Team. She looks forward to this learning opportunity!

As well, she has taught at the University of Texas–Pan American in the Educational Leadership Department as Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Richter’s passion to make a difference in the education of children motivates her to teach aspiring principals at the University. She shares her experiences running a successful school in hopes of helping others do the same.

She has co-authored a leadership handbook titled Leadership Development through Personal Strength: A Handbook for Leaders, which depicts the essential values and attributes necessary to lead a successful organization.

In the community she currently serves on the Advisory Board for ACT-RGV, Board of Directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and is on the Citizen’s Review Team for Child Protective Services. Dr. Richter is known as a leader who is a collaborator. She is sought after for many projects both as a leader and as a worker. When Dr. Richter gives her word to do something she does it with cheerfulness and gives it her best efforts. She is a person who doesn’t let an opportunity go by to help others either in the professional field or in the community