Kate Acuff for Albemarle School Board
June 5, 2013: Kate Acuff announced today her candidacy for the Albemarle County School Board, Jack Jouett District, seat being vacated by Diantha McKeel, who is stepping down to run for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
Acuff's professional background is in law, science, public policy and public health. She is seeking a seat on the School Board to work to ensure that Albemarle County Schools continue to produce excellent results--in on-time graduation rates, workforce preparation and the development of broad and relevant academic challenges—for all the students they serve. "I believe public schools are a key community asset. We are all stakeholders in schools that enable students to become lifelong learners, engaged citizens and contributors to the economic and cultural health of the community," she said. "Further, top-notch public schools attract business and economic development to a community." Acuff will work to reinforce the County Schools' reputation for broad, foundational academic offerings but is most keenly interested in strong science and health-related education.
Acuff has been actively involved in a variety state and community issues. For three years she served as consultant to the Virginia Supreme Court's Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. She serves on the Board of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, is Vice President of the Board of Mental Health America Albemarle/Charlottesville, is on the Steering Committee of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition and consults on policy and health issues. Prior to relocating to Charlottesville, Ms. Acuff worked in the private, public and not-for profit sectors. She has practiced law, taught at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, consulted with The Carter Center's Mental Health Program and was Vice President of Policy and Education at the National Public Health and Hospitals Institute. Acuff's husband, Edward Hess, is a Professor at Darden's School of Business. She has a daughter and two granddaughters. All have been, or are now, students of public schools. Her father was public school science teacher for 40 years and her stepmother was a physical education teacher for more than 40 years. Ms. Acuff received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MS from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.