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Dr. James Ann (Lynch) Sheley (SC '96)

Assistant Superintendent

Richland School District Two
Columbia, SC

At the time of the Award, Dr. James Ann (Lynch) Sheley was:

Lugoff Elementary School
Lugoff, SC

Biographical Information

Dr. James Ann Lynch Sheley currently serves as Assistant Superintendent in Richland School District Two where she formerly served as the Chief Planning and Initiatives Officer.   She has over 45 years of experience where she has had the opportunity to serve as  Director of Elementary Schools in Lexington District One, and Principal of Lugoff Elementary, North Springs Elementary and founding principal at Lake Carolina Elementary Schools. 

Dr. Sheley holds a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College, a master's degree and master’s plus 30 from Winthrop University, and an Ed. D. from Nova –Southeastern University.  She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Academy, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Midlands Educator Leadership Experience,

Dr. Sheley has received numerous awards and honors including the National Milken Educator Award, South Carolina National Principal of the Year, and Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award.    She is an active member of SCASA where she has served as  President of the Elementary Principals Association and has been a member of the Palmetto’s Finest Selection Committee since the early 90’s.  Currently she serves on the SC-ASCD Board,  the Board of Managers of Newberry College, past Chairperson of the Speers Creek School Campaign Committee, and is a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.  

Additional Information


Nova Southeastern University, Ed.D.