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SC EPFP Welcomes 22 New Fellows

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

Monday, October 12, 2015

Contact:  Tom F. Hudson, Program Coordinator, SC Education Policy Fellowship Program

   (803) 777-7658 or


22 South Carolina professional and civic leaders named to prestigious education policy program

COLUMBIA – Twenty-two (22) professional and civic leaders from across South Carolina have been selected to participate in the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program (SC-EPFP) for 2015-16.

SC-EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working toward sound education policy and practice in South Carolina. SC-EPFP Fellows participate in a variety of activities that promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy, and foster a greater understanding of the roles of government and the community.

Members of the SC-EPFP class for 2015-16 are:

Jennifer G. Ainsworth, 2015 South Carolina Teacher of the Year

Socastee High School, Horry County Schools, Myrtle Beach

Merita A. “Rita” Allison, Chair, House Education & Public Works Committee

SC House of Representatives, District 36, Greenville/Spartanburg Counties

Rhonda D. Caldwell, Coordinator, Homework Centers & Business Week

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Columbia

Lisa L. Corning, Education & Early Disability Coordinator, Early Head Start

Richland County First Steps, Columbia

Mary D. “Penny” Cothran, APR, Multimedia Manager

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Columbia

Dr. Baron R. Davis, Assistant Superintendent

Richland District Two, Columbia

Don D. Doggett, Senior TA Consultant & Program Associate

American Institutes for Research, Columbia

Dr. Shawn P. Haggerty, Director of Specialized Programs

Sumter County Schools, Sumter

Dr. Robin L. Hardy, Principal, Fairfield Middle School

Fairfield County School District, Winnsboro

Traci M. Hogan, Executive Director of Federal Programs

Horry County Schools, Conway

Col. James P. “Jamie” Houston, DDS

United States Army, Fort Jackson

Suzanne T. Koty, 2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year

Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA), Rock Hill

Angela Leon, Field Account Manager

Hewlett-Packard, Lexington

Kathy F. Maness, Executive Director

Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA), Columbia

Dr. Christina S. Melton, Chief Instructional Officer

School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties, Irmo

Joel M. Mitchell, Principal

Williston-Elko High School, Williston District 29, Williston

Margaret Peach, Principal

McCracken Middle School, Spartanburg School District 7, Spartanburg

Ryan T. Pool, Principal

Lexington Middle School, Lexington School District One, Lexington

Thomas L. Rhodes, III, President

Rhodes Graduation Services, Inc., Summerton

Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors, Member, Board of Trustees of Greenville County Schools

Vice President, M.B. Kahn Construction Company, Taylors

Gregory B. “Gregg” Scott, Principal

Woodmont Middle School, Greenville County Schools, Piedmont

Kimberly M. “Kim” Wiley, School Liaison, Marine Corps Community Services

United State Marine Corps, Beaufort


“In this year’s SC-EPFP class we are fortunate to have some of our state’s most talented and dedicated leaders,” said Robert E. Barnett, Associate Vice President for Workforce, Education and Manufacturing Policy with the SC Chamber of Commerce and SC-EPFP Advisory Board Chair. “Together they will learn new skills, develop added insight, and work collaboratively so they can take positive action to improve South Carolina’s future through meaningful education improvement and reform.”

Fellows will meet monthly throughout the academic year for full-day dialogues, exercises and group projects, in addition to an overnight in-state Fall Leadership Forum and a four-day Washington Policy Seminar hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership.

The SC-EPFP operates under the auspices of the national Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC, which oversees Fellowship programs in 16 states and the District of Columbia. In South Carolina the program is coordinated by the SC School Improvement Council, located in the University of South Carolina College of Education, with the assistance of the SC Department of Education’s Office of School Leadership.

SC-EPFP is supported by an advisory board providing cross-disciplinary leadership representing the state’s K-12 education, higher education, and business communities.

For additional information on the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program, visit the SC-EPFP page online at



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