Dr. Deborah Akers
Dr. Deborah Akers was born in Mercer County, WV, graduated from Spanishburg High School, and received her B.S. Degree from Concord College in Elementary Education with a specialization in Math. Upon graduation she continued her education at Radford University, and Virginia Tech receiving her doctorate degree in 1982.
Working her way through the school system, Dr. Akers was the first woman to hold the “chief executive officer” title in the school system in the southern tier of West Virginia counties. She is the “CEO” of the largest employer in Mercer County, with nearly 1,400 regular employees, and approximately 9,000 students. Mercer County is the 10th largest school district in West Virginia.
The recipient of various honors including a Legislative Citation for her work as Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Akers was named State Superintendent of the Year for West Virginia in 2003 and in 2017.
Dr. Akers served on the Executive Committee for AASA from July 2012 to June 2017, and served on the Governing Board from July 2007 to July 2012. She served as President of WVASA from July 2016 to June 2017. She has been a member of her state organization since 1992 and is a member of numerous Boards and Foundations at the local level.