Kelly Lyman

Coordinator, Executive Leadership Program

Educational Leadership


Coordinator, Executive Leadership Program, Department of Educational Leadership


Kelly Lyman served as a school leader in Connecticut for nearly 30 years.  During that time she focused on systemic improvement efforts designed to develop in students the knowledge, skills, and understandings necessary for success in a rapidly changing global environment.   She has long been an advocate for collaborative leadership that seeks to empower all members of the learning organization.  

Kelly has been an adjunct professor of practice for nearly ten years in the University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program teaching courses focused on school culture and instructional leadership.  Through a partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education, the Queen Rania Teacher’s Academy, and the University of Jordan, she brought this work to Jordan where she was part of a team for five years that trained Jordanian principals in advanced leadership practices.  In addition, Kelly has been an instructor in the Executive Leadership Program for three years with a focus on human capital and financial management.  

As a recently retired superintendent, she is now the coordinator of the Executive Leadership Program.  Other pursuits include continued involvement in accreditation and consulting with international schools across the globe and engagement with superintendents throughout the United States focused on re-imagining schools to ensure development of 21st century skills that prepare students to meet today’s challenges. 

Academic Degrees:

  • Executive Leadership Program – 2010
    District Leadership Preparation and Superintendent Certification Program
    Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
  • Sixth Year Diploma – Educational Administration – 1993
    University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP)
    Danforth Scholar
    University of Connecticut
  • MA Education – Concentration in School Psychology – 1992
    Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
  • BA –  Special Education/Elementary Education – 1983
    Boston College


  • Commissioner, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Council for International Education, Burlington, MA, 2018 – Present
  • Member, Neag School of Education Alumni Board, University of Connecticut, 2017- Present
  • Advisory Board, EdLeader21/Battelle for Kids National Professional Learning Community, Columbus, OH, 2018 – 2022; Assistant Chair 2020-22
  • Member, Connecticut Center for School Change Superintendent Network, 2017-2022
  • Board of Directors and Area Chair, Connecticut Association of School Superintendents, West Hartford, CT, 2018-2021
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, ACE International School Accreditation Visit, Krakow, Poland, 2017; Dresden, Germany 2019 (lead); San Jose, Costa Rica 2019 (lead), Guatemala City, Guatemala 2020 (remote), Norwich Free Academy, Connecticut 2021
  • Mentor, University of CT Executive Leadership Program, 2016; Sacred Heart University, 2020
  • Member, multiple committees, CT State Department of Education including:  National Convening Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative, 2021; AccelerateCT Task Force, 2021; Professional Learning Guidelines Work Group, 2013-2014; Teacher Certification Stakeholder Review Committee, 2008; Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development Review Committee, 2006; Teacher Preparation Program Approval Visiting Team, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2014
  • Board Member, Middle School Board of Controls, CT Association of Schools, 2009-2011
  • Mentor, University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program, 2000-2011, Central Connecticut State University 2004-2013
  • Member, Combined CT State Department of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Accreditation Visiting Team, 2003
  • Fellow, Education Policy Fellowship Program, Institute for Educational Leadership, 2002-2003
  • Member, University of Hartford Magnet School Development Committee, 1997-2001
  • Co-Chair, Region 1 CT Early Childhood Education Council Annual Conference, 1997
  • Community Based Medical Education Curriculum Development, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, 1996, 1997
  • Editorial Assistant, Curriculum Associates, North Billerica, MA, 1983

Full Vitae

Kelly Lyman
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationHartford Times Building, Office 437