J. Michael Lunsford served Loudoun's students as director of transportation from 1995 through 2009. He began his career at 16 as a student bus driver at Loudoun County High School in September 1968. Mike also served as a computer operator (1972-75), computer programmer (1975-79), transportation coordinator (1979-86) and transportation operations supervisor (1986-95). The Loudoun County School Board honored him for 40 years of service to LCPS at its June 10, 2008, meeting.
Mr. Lunsford was known for his humor and kindness, even in the face of stressful situations. In his capacity as director of transportation, he oversaw a fleet of 776 buses that traveled more than 9 million miles per year and transported every LCPS student either to or from school or on field trips or to athletic events and other competitions.
In October 2007, Mike was named one of the “Hidden Powers” in the Washington, D.C., area by Washingtonian magazine. The magazine defined a hidden power as “people you may not know about who can change your life.” Mike was cited for his ability to cancel school during inclement weather.
“Tens of thousands of Loudoun's young people are better for having been served by J. Michael Lunsford. It was my privilege to work with Mike for his more than 40 years of service to the students of LCPS. Consummate gentleman, patience of a saint, loving father and husband - Mike was the model in all he did. The gap he leaves cannot be filled, but our memories of his devoted service will inspire all of us to do our best. He demanded nothing less of himself and of all with whom he worked,” said Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III.