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Superintendent Introduction

Welcome to Madison County Schools!

District Vision:
Madison County Schools, in partnership with the community, strives to equip educators and students with the skills to lead by example, develop and speak with a unique voice, and explore their academic curiosity to make a positive impact on our community and world.


Portrait of Superintendent Elmer Thomas

David Gilliam became superintendent of Madison County Schools in August 2018. He has served in Madison County Schools since 1992, most recently as Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. Mr. Gilliam’s career in education began in 1992 when he became a teacher and coach at Madison Southern High School. Mr. Gilliam served Madison Southern High School as a coach and teacher from 1992 to 2003; as athletic director from 2003 to 2007; and as principal from 2007 to 2013 before moving to the district office as CAO and assistant superintendent.


Mr. Gilliam received his Bachelor of Science in Business Education 1991 and his Master of Arts in Secondary Education in 1995. He is currently working toward his doctoral degree at EKU. He is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, a member of the Berea Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a deacon at Fairview Baptist Church. He is a proud life-long resident of Madison County and a graduate of Madison Central High School, class of 1986.


Mr. Gilliam’s tenure as superintendent began effective immediately upon his hiring August 2. His contract is for a period of 4 years.


Mr. Gilliam is married to Dawna Gilliam, secretary at Madison Southern High School. They have two children Benjamin, a student at the University of Kentucky; and Rebekah, a senior at Madison Southern High.