JIM LANE is the Dean of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences at Johnson County Community College. Originally from Topeka, he has a MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been at JCCC for better than two decades, mostly with the Theatre Department as Designer and Technical Director. He spent 15 doing the same for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. In those years, more than 100 JCCC students were involved with the production of the Festival. Jim is proud to be a recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence for his work with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Married for 25 years, he and his wife Julie have three children and more than 80 foster children.