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. There are currently three vacancies on the Board of Education, to be appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.
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To contact a member of the Virginia Board of Education, please email BOE@doe.virginia.gov.
Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., President
Appointed to unexpired term of Mr. Kelvin L. Moore – January 14, 2010
Billy K. Cannaday Jr. of Midlothian 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 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.
Diane T. Atkinson
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.
Daniel A. Gecker
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 is a partner in Urban development Associates L.L.C., 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.
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 assistant principal at Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 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.
Updated February 1, 2017