James Lane began working as the superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, one of the70 largest school divisions in the nation, on July 1, 2016. During 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, Dr. Lane was the superintendent in Goochland County, where he was named 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 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 Weekly magazine as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Richmond, by Rich Tech as the 2016 Education Innovator of the Year, by the National School Public Relations Association as a 2016 national Superintendent to Watch, and recently by VASCD through the organization’s 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.