Dr. Vilicia Cade

Dr. Vilicia Cade

CEO and Superintendent, Capital School District

Chief Executive Officer of the Capital School District Dr. Vilicia Cade proudly serves a diverse population of over 6800 students and 1500 employees.  As one of the largest employers in Kent County, Dr. Cade is the first black female Superintendent of the Capital School District in Dover, Delaware.  She is touted for elevating the significant role that disruptive innovation plays in creating 21st century transformative k-12 educational ecosystems.  Unwavering in her beliefs that access to a high-quality education including digital literacy is a 21st century civil rights issue. To this, she embraces her role as a benevolent, resourceful, and transformational leader.  CEO Cade has a demonstrated track record of improving outcomes for vulnerable children and adults.  Her doctoral research coupled with her lived experiences has propelled her expertise in creating systems that improve outcomes for underserved and disengaged students through interagency partnerships.  She has an established national footprint of a portfolio of public-private partnerships.  Her strength is rooted in creating programs that serve as a catalyst for advancing quality of life and workforce development.  Her inspired approaches bolster the quintessential role community, faith-based, and business partnerships play in interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. During her tenure, the Capital School District was one of only three schools in Delaware to earn the National Blue-Ribbon status at North Dover Elementary School in 2022.  Delaware’s Governor recognized the district  under her leadership for creating a trauma-informed district of distinction. She continues to gracefully lead the district through various iterations of reconfiguring grades to managing multiple construction projects. Despite national supply chain issues and staffing shortfalls, the various projects remain on time and on budget.  In 2023, the district opened a new $113 million interconnected middle school campus.  In the next few years Dr. Cade will lead the opening of a new elementary school, two early learning centers, a new campus for vulnerable students and a new bus depot as the district focuses on transitioning to  more efficient electric buses.Compassion, creativity, confidence  and transparency characterizes Dr. Cade’s leadership as she continues to pioneer new ways to advance innovation while elevating student, staff and parent voice.  Known as an innovator, her signature is to reimagine education through various new ways, such as; Shadowing Senators for Success 2.0, Valued Innovation Partnerships, Supporting Our Wellbeing Campaign and Senators Come Home Campaign. These inventive programs characterized the creativity that underscores Dr. Cade’s visionary leadership.  A former ward of the state of New York, Dr. Cade brings the power of her lived experiences to advancing her service in public education for over three decades. Under her tutelage, designing, implementing and prioritizing student, staff and parent empowerment remains germane to the district’s  theory of action. A servant at heart she is active on various boards, such as;  the United Way of Delaware, the Foundation Board of the State University of New York at New Paltz and WNZN Power 89.1 Radio Station Advisory Board.  In 2022, the district emerged as the only district in the state to be selected for membership in Digital Promise.   In 2023, Dr. Cade was appointed to Digital Promise’s National League of Innovative Schools Superintendent Advisory Board.  Vilicia represents the voice of School Chiefs’ as an appointee to the IRMC Extended Learning Opportunities Subcommittee.  This Governor appointed committee was established to oversee coordination, research, and planning for statewide before school, after school and summer learning programs for school-age children while advising the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office. An author and a scholar, Dr. Cade has earned a bachelor’s degree from New Paltz State University, three master’s degrees, and a doctorate from New York University.  She also completed a fellowship on education policy at Cleveland State University. In 2020, she received the prestigious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Education Advocate Centennial Dove Award.  A sort after motivational speaker and intermittent radio personality on WNZN (Lorain, OH), she shows us how to use urban inspiration to connect the significance of service, educational equity, and economic development.  The 2023 Educational Advocate Awardee of the Central Delaware NAACP and the 2024 Women of the Year in Education for the  Capital City Theta Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc; she remains a fierce advocate of educational equity.  Dr. Cade is an extraordinary leader whose service  as an educational leader uplifts the humanity of others over several states and years.  To no surprise in 2023, she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence, Equity and Economic Opportunities for Black Americans.  Under Dr. Cade’s leadership, the Capital School District strives to advance educational excellence through innovation.   However; she reserves her most celebrated accomplishment as being the proud mom of Curtis Anthony who is her greatest gift to the world.