he has already made a significant impact on the Bristol City Schools system by developing an annual budget, developing a Retirement Incentive Agreement to assist with balancing the budget, and establishing in-house custodial services for the first time in two decades. Dr. Perrigan’s career path and academic preparation prior to his appointment as Bristol City Schools Division Superintendent laid the foundation for the role in which he now serves.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in History and multiple teaching licensures from the University of Virginia- Wise in 1994, Perrigan began his career in education at Abingdon High School in Abingdon, Virginia. There, he was a teacher in the Emotionally Disturbed Program until 2001. While in this teaching position, he completed graduate school at Radford University acquiring a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Licensure in Administration and Supervision PreK-12 in 2001. This led to his positions as Assistant Principal at John Battle High School in Bristol, Virginia from 2001 to 2003 and at Abingdon High School from 2003 to 2004. From 2004 to 2005, Perrigan served as Interim Principal at Abingdon High School transitioning to Principal at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia in 2005 through 2014. During his time as Principal at Patrick Henry High School, he attained a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Licensed Division Superintendent from Virginia Tech. Also during this time, Patrick Henry High School was recognized multiple times by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek as one of the top high schools in the United States in addition to many other awards and recognitions.
Dr. Perrigan became the Division Superintendent of Norton City Schools in Norton, Virginia in 2014 where he implemented a number of initiatives to increase available funds, improve school security, and introduce modern technology into the curriculum, thereby winning awards and earning Virginia Department of Education Division Accreditation. While Division Superintendent of Norton City Schools, Dr. Perrigan provided adjunct teaching services for Virginia Tech’s Principal Preparation Master’s Degree Program. He left his position with Norton City Schools in 2017 to assume the role of his current position as Division Superintendent of Bristol City Schools.
Dr. Perrigan has served and continues to serve on various boards, councils, and committees in the region including his position as Chairman for the Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (SVAM-CoE) Academic Advisory Council. He is also a member of several civic groups, and he speaks at various local, state, and national events. Dr. Perrigan was listed by The Roanoke Times for Unelected All-Star Recognition in 2017. He also received the Virginia Highlands Community College 2017 Notable Alumni Award and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.