Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza named South County High School principal Jane Lipp as the assistant superintendent for special services.

Lipp, who had served as South County principal since 2008, will succeed Kim Dockery, who was promoted to the new position of chief academic officer in July.

“Jane Lipp brings extensive administrative experience, including significant experience in special education programs, to her new position,” Garza said in a statement. “She is a gifted leader who has, throughout her career, served as a champion for all children. In this new capacity, she will provide skilled leadership in the continued improvement of our special education programming.”

Lipp joined Fairfax County schools in 1986 as a special education teacher at Edison High School. She later served in succeeding roles in the administration involving special education before becoming an assistant principal at Hayfield Secondary School in 1997. Beginning in 2004, she served as the director of student services at South County and served as an associate principal from 2006 until her promotion to the leadership two years later.

In recent years, Lipp was a member of the administration’s student rights and responsibilities committee overseeing discipline policies in the school system.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Lipp received a master’s degree in special education from Indiana University and a doctorate in education from Virginia Tech, where she serves on the adjunct faculty. She will assume her new role on Aug. 1.