On December 13, 2010, the Pittsburgh Board of Education named Dr. Linda S. Lane superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. Dr. Lane was no stranger to the public school system. She grew up in Iowa, where she attended Des Moines Public Schools. Since graduation, she has remained committed to education.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Iowa and a master’s of science degree in education administration and an educational specialist degree from Drake University. She later earned her doctorate degree in education, also from Drake University.
In 1971, Dr. Lane began her career as an elementary school teacher in Iowa City Public Schools. Four years later, she worked in the Des Moines Public Schools, serving various roles, such as the executive director of human resources and chief operating officer.
From 2003-2007, Dr. Lane served as deputy superintendent for the Des Moines Public Schools. During that time, she graduated from the Broad Superintendent’s Academy. Dr. Lane joined Pittsburgh Public Schools as deputy superintendent in 2007 and was later named superintendent of schools in 2010.
She is committed to working toward reaching the Board Goals and the District’s Excellence for All Reform Agenda. Dr. Lane is dedicated to increasing student academic achievement and Promise-Readiness of Pittsburgh Public Schools students, accelerating the performance of underperforming racial groups, developing a student-focused culture and helping Pittsburgh Public Schools become a District of first choice for parents, students and teachers.
Dr. Lane and her husband Coleman currently reside in Highland Park. They have two adult children, C.J. and Alicia.