I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Bill Bosher, a distinguished professor of public policy and education in the L. Douglas Wilder School, on Monday morning. All of us at VCU mourn this profound loss for our university, our commonwealth, and Bill’s wonderful family.
Bill directed VCU’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute since its founding in 1998, providing policy and analysis to government and education professionals across Virginia. He formerly served as dean of VCU’s School of Education, helping elevate it to the national rankings it holds today, and authored two books on education and the law.
He had the well-earned reputation of being a thoughtful, creative and respected educational leader in Virginia, who did as much as anyone I know to help ensure that generations of young Virginians had every chance to pursue their dreams. He dedicated his life to this greatest possible mission: teaching and mentoring young people who would become the future of Virginia and who would advance the human experience in the commonwealth and beyond.
For many years, he was a teacher, principal and school administrator in Virginia. He also served as the state’s superintendent of public instruction, a senior position in the Virginia Department of Education. The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., once named him an arts administrator of the year, and he is the only person to be named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year twice.
Bill was nationally known for his expertise on educational law, finance and public policy. He was invited to consult around the world on these topics, and to serve on the boards of dozens of schools, commissions and organizations dedicated to education.
Bill dedicated his life to changing lives, and we are all testament to his wonderful legacy. We will always remember his extraordinary kindness, his heart-warming smile, and how compassionate and caring he was to every person he met. He will be missed.