Superintendent James Lane receives 2017 UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane received this week the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award during a presentation in Charlottesville.

UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is presented annually by the University of Virginia on behalf of UCEA to recognize educational leaders in Virginia who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools is fortunate to have an engaging leader like Dr. Lane, and we are proud that his leadership and work continues to be recognized nationally,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “While Dr. Lane has been saluted by others for his innovative work related to academics and student growth, he also has been an outstanding colleague and mentor to academic leaders throughout Chesterfield County and the commonwealth.”

The UCEA award is the latest in a string of honors bestowed upon Dr. Lane in the last several years, including being named the 2016 Virginia Superintendent of the Year and recognition as a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association.
The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. Each year, the UCEA executive committee invites member university faculties to select a distinguished school administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school administrator preparation efforts. This is an unusual award in that it affords national recognition, but the recipients are selected by individual universities. It provides a unique mechanism for UCEA universities to build good will and recognize the contributions of practitioners to the preparation of junior professionals. Dr. Lane was nominated by the faculty at the University of Virginia for this prestigious recognition.

“The executive committee, Plenum and staff of UCEA join together with the Educational Leadership faculty in expressing our congratulations for this national recognition,” UCEA Executive Director Michelle Young said. “On behalf of the council, thank you for your professional leadership and interest in preparing future members of our profession.”

During his years as a Superintendent in three school divisions, Dr. Lane has been widely recognized as an innovative leader. For the last two years, Dr. Lane has championed the development and creation of CodeRVA, a regional high school with 13 partnering school divisions that will increase the number of computer science professionals in the Greater Richmond area. In addition, Dr. Lane has started work in Chesterfield County to implement Early College Academies, an effort he started in Goochland Public Schools through partnerships with local community colleges that afforded students opportunities to earn a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree while in high school. Work on both of these projects was highlighted in 2016 at The White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.