Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: May 25, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.

Secretariat of Education

James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Education
Dr. James Lane has been appointed State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Superintendent in three Virginia school divisions: Chesterfield County Public Schools (one of the largest 70 divisions in the nation), Goochland County Public Schools and Middlesex County Public Schools. He was named the 2016–2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Lane has been recognized by the White House for his innovative instructional programs and his work has been awarded a national recognition with the Flashlight Award for District Data Use for the district’s work in creating a balanced and authentic assessment system. He was chosen Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association and as Education Innovator of the Year by RichTech. Dr. Lane holds a bachelor’s and 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.

Read more about Governor Northam announcing Dr. Lane’s appointment here.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Commonwealth Health Research Board

  • Eric J. Lowe, MD of Norfolk, Pediatric Oncologist, Children’s Specialty Group

Housing Commission

  • Cynthia B. Hall of Chesapeake, Deputy City Attorney, Norfolk City Attorney’s Office

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