Photo of Doctor Steve JoelSteve Joel, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools Lincoln, NE

Dr. Steve Joel became superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools in 2010. Previously, he served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island, Nebraska, and eight years in Beatrice, Nebraska. A native of Long Island, New York, he has degrees from Doane College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State University.

Dr. Joel has been honored with a wide variety of awards and distinctions including: Nebraska Superintendent of the Year and Leadership Excellence by the Educational Resource Development Institute.  He is active in many community clubs and coalitions, and serves on a number of boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Community Foundation, The Career Academy, and President of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Board.

Dr. Joel’s leadership has focused on comprehensive solutions to significant school and community issues.  The immigration raid in Grand Island led to the formation of a community coalition to begin the arduous process of rebuilding community unity, and the tragic fire that resulted in a complete loss of the Lincoln Public Schools District Office allowed for the construction of a new facility. More recently, Lincoln has grown rapidly to include over 41,000 students and 8,000 staff members. With Dr. Joel’s leadership, Lincoln Public Schools has adopted a comprehensive instructional technology plan and developed The Career Academy leading Nebraska into the next phase of K12 education. 

Dr. Joel has also served as a consultant to school districts and businesses across the country in areas of strategic planning, team building and superintendent searches.