SHEEO Welcomes Dr. John Lane as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Equity Initiatives

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes John Lane, DMA, as vice president for academic affairs and equity initiatives.

John Lane, DMA

Dr. Lane will be located at SHEEO’s Washington, D.C., office, where he will lead policy and project development in educational equity, academic programs, and student success. Dr. Lane will also facilitate the work of SHEEO’s Equity Advisory Committee and collaborate with other SHEEO staff to explore and develop the equity implications of academic affairs, data, research, and finance projects.

Before joining SHEEO, Dr. Lane served in a variety of roles, most recently as the director of academic affairs for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Lane also served as the chair of the music theory department at Wheaton College and associate vice president for academic affairs at Allen University. Dr. Lane holds a doctorate in musical arts in composition from the University of South Carolina, a master of divinity in scripture and interpretation from Harvard University, and a bachelor of music in music education from the University of South Carolina.


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) serves the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education and their staffs. Founded in 1954, SHEEO promotes an environment that values higher education and its role in ensuring the equitable education of all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Together with its members, SHEEO aims to achieve this vision by equipping state higher education executive officers and their staffs with the tools to effectively advance the value of higher education, promoting public policies and academic practices that enable all Americans to achieve success in the 21st century, and serving as an advocate for state higher education leadership. For more information, visit