By Jean A. Flanagan
Hardy County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Dotson passed away Wednesday afternoon from a gunshot wound. He was 46 years old. While the incident is still under investigation by the Moorefield Police Department, they do not suspect foul play.
Dotson was named superintendent in 2016, following the retirement of Barbara Whitecotton. Previously, he worked in the West Virginia State Department of Education in the Office of Federal Programs.
Dr. Dotson received a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairmont State college, a Master’s Degree from West Virginia University and a Doctorate from Walden University.
[private] The Hardy County Board of Education named Assistant Superintendent Sheena VanMeter as Interim Superintendent and released the following statement:
“We regret to announce the passing of Dr. Matthew Dotson, Superintendent of Hardy County Schools on September 6, 2017. We are greatly saddened by the passing of Dr. Dotson and send our condolences to his family. Dr. Dotson will be sadly missed by staff and students. Our schools will continue to operate on their regular schedules. We have personnel in place at the Central Office that will temporarily assume the responsibilities of the superintendent and are confident the operation of our schools will continue as we deal with the loss of Dr. Dotson.”
It was signed by Nancy Hahn, President of the Hardy County Board of Education.
Dotson is survived by his father and mother, Daniel Boyd Dotson and Karen Dotson, his wife Sherri and five children. He is also survived by two brothers, Daniel Boyd Dotson III and Christopher John Dotson.
Visitation was held on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. and services followed at 3 p.m at the Morris Funeral Home in Cowen, W. Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dr. Dotson’s memory be sent to the Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church, 110 N. Elm St., Moorefield, WV 26836 or Stand Up to Cancer at standuptocancer.org.