S. Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, is responsible for overseeing the instruction of 108,376 students and leading and managing a $1.4 billion budget, 18,783 employees, and 173 schools, centers, and programs. Since assuming the position in July 2012, Dance has spearheaded the development of Blueprint 2.0: a five-year strategic plan focused on improving academics, safety, communications, and organizational effectiveness. He has also restructured administration to ensure more targeted support to the schools that need it most. At the school system’s inaugural State of the Schools event, Dance announced plans for a 1:1 digital learning environment and an expanded world languages instruction so every student can graduate globally competitive. Immediately prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dance served as one of three Chief School Officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District. Dance received a doctorate degree in educational leadership and master's degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Union University.