ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle County Public Schools has a new assistant superintendent, and it's a familiar face.

According to a release, the county School Board approved the appointment of Dr. Patrick McLaughlin, effective July 1.

McLaughlin has been the Chief of Strategic Planning for ACPS since 2018, and he will continue to lead the Office of Strategic  Planning, Accountability and Research, and Program Evaluation.

He will also begin working more closely with individual schools to help them align their performance improvement planning with the division's strategic plan.

McLaughlin has 15 years of senior-level administrative experience, including being the principal at Henley Middle School for eight years and one year as the interim principal at Western Albemarle High School.

The release says he has held a variety of other roles, including directing a multi-year research, development, and community collaboration project resulting in the school board adopting ACPS' strategic plan, Learning for All.

McLaughlin was also the lead when it came to reporting COVID-19 data to the school board, which helped guide mitigation strategies and practices credited with preventing large-scale viral transmission in schools.

“This is a well-deserved increase in responsibilities for a thoughtful, collaborative, get-to-the-bottom-line leader,” said Dr. Matthew Haas, Superintendent of Schools. “Dr. McLaughlin willingly embraces and excels in the concept of accountability. The data and analyses that he provides to me and to our school board empower us to build on what is going well and to improve on what needs to be better.”

McLaughlin will be in charge of evaluating, reporting and advising division initiatives and programs as well as developing, implementing, monitoring and assessing division-wide strategic improvement plans among other tasks.

McLaughlin has a long history with ACPS, including attending schools in the division.