City: Kansas City
Term Ends: June 2025
Dr. Cynthia Lane is highly recognized for her leadership in the field of education. She has 40 years of professional experience, including 30 years in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Lane has received numerous awards and recognitions for leadership and advocacy for quality public-education, including being named Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 2016.
Now retired, Dr. Lane serves as the Chair of the Kansas Governor’s Council on Education, and serves on the Advantage Kansas Coordinating Council focused on driving Kansas forward with the highest skilled and educated workforce. Lane is also the CEO of Evolve Education Leadership Consulting LLC.
Lane considers it a privilege to serve. Her philosophy is to lead by example, cultivating strong relationships focused on shared vision and goals. She is passionate about empowering others through education. Lane continues to be involved and engaged within education community, cultivating partnerships between educators, business and civic leaders. Her attitude is that all things are possible when we come together to improve our futures.
Lane’s past leadership positions spanned the realm of education, including serving as superintendent of schools for Kansas City, KS Public Schools (KCKPS), assistant superintendent, director of special education, principal, director of the Parent and Professional Partnership Advocacy Coalition, and classroom teacher. While in KCKPS, she led the development of the diploma plus initiative focused on career exploration and preparation, graduating students with their diploma plus industry recognized credentials, early college, internships, and other key endorsements. During her tenure the district realized its highest graduation rate; significantly increased early college, technical college admittance and completion; developed primer programs for students and families speaking languages other than English; quadrupled early childhood programs and services; built or renovated 15 school facilities and led the passage of a zero tax increase bond of $235 million designed to rebuild five additional schools and remodel all remaining school facilities.