Gil Trenum joined the Prince William County School Board on January 1, 2008 after years of involvement with his children’s’ schools and his community. In 2009 Gil was elected by his fellow Board members to serve as Vice Chairman of the School Board and he has served on Budget, Safe Schools and Audit School Board committees. Gil is involved with the Manassas Assembly of God Church, the Nokesville Civic Association and the Prince William County Republican Committee. He also spends many weekends at football, basketball and lacrosse games in support of his sons who are year round athletes.
In his professional career Gil is a Senior Systems Engineer for SAIC Inc. supporting various US Army initiatives. Commissioned in 1990 as a US Navy officer Gil served 12 years of active duty in the Submarine and Intelligence Communities before joining the civilian world. He continues his military service serving as a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve supporting the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Group in Williamsburg, VA.
Gil earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1988, 1990) from Texas Tech University. He also has Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. As a Reservist he completed the Corporate Business Program at the University of Virginia in 2010.
Gil is most proud of his efforts on the School Board in advocating for policies that improve the lives of students, teachers, and parents in Prince William County. A passionate advocate for dealing with school overcrowding, he was instrumental in moving up the opening dates of several new schools. He worked with administrators to implement policies that improve transparency for parents and communities on PWCS plans for deployment and removal of trailers at our most crowded schools. He has spoken before the Board of County Supervisors and the Planning Commission on overcrowding and budget issues many times. He worked tirelessly on advancing parent and teacher initiated changes to our elementary math curriculum, and pushed through changes to the grading scale to ensure our students are competitive in college admissions. He authored a new concussion management policy dealing with student athlete traumatic brain injuries and lobbied in Richmond for the passage of the Cambridge Bill which guarantees the county’s Cambridge students the same treatment for college credits as International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement students at Virginia Universities.
Gil and his family first moved to Prince William County in 1996. He and his wife of 20 years, Michelle, are the parents of three boys and have two children, Cody and Walker, enrolled in Prince William County Schools.