Bill Bosher, who spent decades helping to shape public education in Virginia, died in his sleep Sunday, according to a statement from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Bosher had served as superintendent for Chesterfield and Henrico public schools before serving as state superintendent. He later served as dean of VCU’s school of education and as executive director of VCU’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
“Bill was an extraordinary citizen of the Wilder School and was much loved by all,” Dean Niraj Verma said in an email statement. “In the coming days you will hear more about his lifetime of contributions to VCU, and the Commonwealth. For now I cannot think past the fact that he is gone. I will sorely miss his welcoming smile and gracious personality.”
“Bill Bosher was a thoughtful policymaker and effective administrator,” U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said in a statement. “He demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the power of quality public schools to create opportunities for all of Virginia’s young people. I offer my condolences to his family, friends and many colleagues.”
Style Weekly publisher Lori Collier Waran, a longtime friend, described Bosher as a trusted resource.
“When he spoke, everyone in the room listened,” Waran said. “He made friends feel like family, and family was always paramount to Dr. Bosher. This is a heartbreaking loss for our community today. He will be greatly missed by many.”
Memorial plans have not been announced.