James F. Lane, Ed.D.
Chesterfield County Public Schools
James Lane began working as the superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, one of the largest 100 school divisions in the nation, on July 1, 2016. In his first year in Chesterfield, he worked with community leaders to create an innovative transition plan focused on student engagement, equity, and a strong culture of excellence. Prior to coming to Chesterfield, Lane was the superintendent in Goochland County, where he was named Lane the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year. He has been recognized by the White House for his innovative instructional programs and his previous district was awarded a prestigious national recognition with the Flashlight Award for District Data Use for creating a balanced and authentic assessment system with a reduced focus on standardized testing. Dr. Lane was also recognized by Style Magazine as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Richmond, was selected by Rich Tech as the 2016 Education Innovator of the Year, the National School Public Relations Association recognized Dr. Lane as a national Superintendent to Watch in 2016, and recently he was honored with the VASCD Impact Award for his work to bring an innovative regional high school, CodeRVA, to fruition. Lane holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of School Administration degree from North Carolina State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lane resides in Chesterfield with his wife and two children.