Our Writers



Our Writers

 Dr. Roger E. Jones

Brevard College, A.A., Western Carolina University, B.S.E.,

Arkansas State University, M.S.E., University of Virginia, Ed.D.

 Dr. Jones is Professor and Chair of Leadership Studies and Director of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals’ Regional Center for Educational Leadership at Lynchburg College.  Before joining the faculty at Lynchburg College, he spent 32 years in public education with Lynchburg City Schools serving as a teacher, coach, middle school principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

 Roger also serves as both summer institute and webinar faculty for the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership’s partnership with the Virginia Department of Education working with the Virginia School Improvement Initiative.  He has provided both Breaking Ranks and Breaking Ranks in the Middle (BRIM) training throughout the Commonwealth.  He is co-author of the Legal Handbook for Virginia School Administrators and author of VASSP’s annual General Assembly Update in addition to providing workshops and institutes on legal issues from an educational perspective.

 Roger has been connected to VASSP since 1979 and has served as federal relations director, regional director, and president.  He currently represents the National Association of Secondary School Principals on the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners.

 Mr. Larry Lenz

Roanoke College, B.S. University of Richmond, M.S.

University of Virginia, M Ed.

Mr. Lenz is the Education Policy Analyst and Director of Web Communications  for the Virginia Association of Secondary Principals.  Prior to serving in this position, Larry spent 40 years in public education in Virginia as a middle and high school science teacher, a middle school assistant principal and as a high school principal. He has recently retired from his career in public education.

Larry has been a member of VASSP since 1979 and has served on the Board of Directors from three different regions in Virginia.  He has served as President of VASSP twice.  In addition, he served on the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ board of directors and was the board liaison for the committee on awards/programs. Larry has presented at the VASSP summer conference twice and served as presider for several speakers.   Larry also served on the Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure for the  Virginia Department of Education.

Ms. Elizabeth (Bet) Neale

University of Richmond,  B.A. 

Bet has twenty-five years of legislative experience in the Virginia political arena prior working with VASSP. 
Bet began her career  as a Legislative Research Associate at the Division of Legislative Services, Appropriations Committees.  Beginning in 1990, Bet represented VASS as their lead lobbyist for 8 years, after which she served as executive director of the Henrico Education Foundation for Henrico County Public Schools. 
Bet joined VASSP in 2000 as Director of Government Relations and lobbies on behalf of the association’s members during all General Assembly sessions and at meetings of legislative education committees and subcommittees. 

In her capacity as Director of Government Relations/Lead Lobbyist for VASSP, Bet  represents middle and high school principals and assistant principals at statewide education meetings, seminars and special commissions as well as at meetings of the State Board of Education.
  She has been a guest lecturer at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia as well as a presenter at various state meetings and seminars.