Distinguished as a vibrant, visionary, and innovative leader who recognizes that humility is the most important trait a leader can possess, Dr. S. Dallas Dance is the President and Chief Operating Officer of MindRocket Media Group. In that role, Dr. Dance provides day-to-day leadership and strategy to ensure the company is positioned to be the industry leader in thought leadership, strategic advisement, marketing, communications, and public relations for the global education and healthcare industries.
Dr. Dance brings a plethora of experience to his role having provided thought leadership to multiple industries, primarily in education and healthcare, as well as serving as the Superintendent of the 25th largest school system in the country with a nearly $2 billion budget. His recent work has included supporting strategy, operations and leadership development efforts for a number of high-profile entities across the private and public sectors. These groups include 30 school districts across the U.S. with student populations as high as 215,000; a large healthcare nonprofit with seven locations; a major credit card company; a number of private technology, healthcare and education companies; and nearly a dozen elected officials.
Numerous national awards and board appointments—from institutions including the White House, Microsoft, and ASCD—recognize his impact on organizational culture, rigorous instruction, vibrant leadership pathways, leveraging technology, and dynamic community engagement.
Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation. Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive leadership positions at the central office and building levels in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in leadership development and support, curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, and strategic planning. In addition to serving in leadership at Capital One Financial Corporation.
Dance earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. His bachelor’s degree in English is from Virginia Union University.
Dr. Dance enjoys traveling, music, reading and all sports, especially golf. He is the proud father of one son, Myles Dallas Dance.