The Board of Education consists of nine members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. Members are appointed to serve a term of four years. No member shall be appointed to more than two consecutive four-year terms.
To receive email notifications from the Board of Education regarding upcoming public meetings, opportunities for public comment, etc. please contact Emily Webb, director for board relations.
To contact a member of the Virginia Board of Education, please email BOE@doe.virginia.gov.
Daniel A. Gecker, President
Appointed to unexpired term of Dr. Lorraine S. Lange – January 8, 2016
Daniel A. Gecker was appointed to the Board of Education by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Gecker was elected by the Board to serve as its president in July 2017.
Mr. Gecker is a partner in Urban Development Associates LLC, specializing in historical rehabilitation and urban revitalization. He was a member of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2014, serving as chairman in 2010 and 2012. Mr. Gecker has dedicated many years to community involvement through organizations including the Orchard House School Board, the Greater Richmond Partnership Board, and Bridging RVA.
Mr. Gecker is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received his degree in economics, the University of Southern California, where he received his masters of public administration, and William and Mary’s School of Law. He resides in Chesterfield County, where he and his wife raised four daughters.
Diane T. Atkinson, Vice President
Appointed to first full term – April 13, 2012
Diane T. Atkinson was appointed to the Board of Education in 2012 for a four year term by Governor Robert F. McDonnell, and reappointed to a second four year term by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2016. Mrs. Atkinson was elected by the Board to serve as its vice president in July 2017. She serves as chairman of the Board’s Committee on School and Division Accountability.
Governor James S. Gilmore appointed Mrs. Atkinson to serve on the Board of Education in 2001 to fill an unexpired term. Before joining the Board, she was a special education teacher, and worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education and then policy and public affairs.
Mrs. Atkinson is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Education, and the University of Richmond’s School of Law. She resides in Hanover County with her husband and two children.
Kim E. Adkins
Appointed to unexpired term of Wes Bellamy – April 7, 2017
Kim E. Adkins was appointed to the Board of Education by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Ms. Adkins is the executive director of United Way of Henry County & Martinsville. Prior to this, she operated her own marketing communications firm, KEA Consulting Services LLC. Ms. Adkins is the former mayor of the City of Martinsville from 2010 to 2014. Additional work experience includes executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board and president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Adkins earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a certified publication specialist credential from George Washington University.
Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Appointed to unexpired term of Kelvin L. Moore – January 14, 2010
Billy K. Cannaday Jr. was appointed to the Board of Education to fill an unexpired term in December 2009 by Governor Timothy M. Kaine, and was reappointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell July 1, 2011. He was appointed to a second term by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2015. Dr. Cannaday was elected by the Board to serve as its president in July 2015. Dr. Cannaday was elected by the Board to serve as its president from July 2015 to July 2017.
Dr. Cannaday recently retired as the dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). Prior to joining UVA, he served as Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2006-2008. A career educator for more than 30 years Dr. Cannaday has worked in elementary, middle and high schools and was superintendent in two of the Commonwealth's largest school divisions.
Dr. Cannaday received his doctorate in educational administration and bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He earned his masters in educational administration from Hampton University.
James H. Dillard
Appointed to first full term – January 30, 2014
James Hardy Dillard was appointed to the Board of Education in 2014 for a four year term by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Mr. Dillard is a former House of Delegates member who represented the 41st district (Fairfax County) for a total of 32 years. He was a resource teacher and acting principal in the Fairfax County Public School system for 30 years.
Mr. Dillard received his bachelor’s degree in history from The College of William & Mary, and his master’s degree in political science from American University.
Anne B. Holton
Appointed to first full term – February 17, 2017
Anne Holton was appointed to the Board of Education for a four year term in 2017 by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Anne Holton helped integrate Virginia's schools as a child when her father was Virginia's governor in the early 1970's and has been a champion for public education ever since. Ms. Holton served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education from 2013-2016. She served as First Lady of Virginia from 2006-2010, during which time she worked to reform the foster care system in Virginia. From 1998 to 2005, she served as a Judge on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the City of Richmond, and was chief judge of the court from 2000 to 2003. Ms. Holton now serves as a visiting professor at George Mason University in the Schar School of Policy and Government and in the College of Education and Human Development.
Ms. Holton graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Ms. Holton and her husband, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, live in Richmond, VA. They have three adult children, all of whom attended Richmond Public Schools.
Elizabeth Vickrey Lodal
Appointed to first full term – February 13, 2015
Elizabeth Vickrey Lodal was appointed to the Board of Education for a four year term in 2015 by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Mrs. Lodal’s almost forty year career in public education included teaching history and English and Serving as Principal of The Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology, McLean High School, Langston Middle School, and Joyce Kilmer Middle School, all in Fairfax County.
Mrs. Lodal, who holds a B.A. degree from Rice University and a M.A. degree from The George Washington University, resides in Fairfax County with her husband Jan M. Lodal. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Sal Romero Jr.
Appointed to unexpired term of Andrew Ko – October 20, 2014
Sal Romero, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Education in 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Romero serves as chairman of the Charter School Committee.
Mr. Romero is the Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement for Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Prior to his current position, he has served in public education in the Shenandoah Valley since 2004, as an athletic trainer, home-school liaison, ESL teacher, and assistant principal.
Mr. Romero received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, and his master’s degree from Shenandoah University.
Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson
Appointed to first full term – February 17, 2017
Jamelle S. Wilson was appointed to the Board of Education for a four year term in 2017 by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson serves as the fifth dean of the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS). Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Wilson served as Superintendent of Schools for Hanover County, Virginia. Before her appointment as superintendent, Dr. Wilson worked in Hanover County Public Schools as a classroom teacher, a lead teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and an assistant superintendent.
Dr. Wilson was the 2015 Region 1 Superintendent of the Year and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization and is immediate past Chair of the Association Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Richmond.
Dr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and a Master of Teaching (M.T.) from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in English, Writing and Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, also from the University of Virginia.
Updated July 31, 2017