SC State’s Department of Educational Leadership Hosts 12th Leadership Seminar

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dr. Percy MackThe Department of Educational Leadership at SC State will host their 12th Annual Leadership Seminar on Friday, April 24-April 26, 2009 at 1 p.m. in the Barbara A. Vaughn Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center at SC State. The seminar’s theme is “Closing the Achievement Gap in South Carolina: Promoting Educational Excellence for All Students.”

The leadership seminar focuses on issues directly associated with the operation of schools as organizations. It includes lectures, group presentations, dissertation roundtables and a panel discussion by various school administrators who have been successful at implementing change and improving student achievement.

“Our students will gain experience in increasing an organization’s effectiveness through the application of research-based school improvement models, said Dr. Thomas Thompson, dean of the School of Graduate Studies at SC State.

The keynote speaker for the seminar is Dr. Percy A. Mack, superintendent, Richland County School District One in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Mack has a history of educational reform during his long and distinguished career as a teacher and administrator. He began his teaching career in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System in Savannah, Ga. He then moved to Decatur, Ga., where he rapidly progressed through the ranks from teacher and coach to assistant principal, high school principal, coordinator of personnel and area executive director in the DeKalb County Public School System.

On July 1, 2008, Dr. Mack began his duties as the superintendent of South Carolina’s sixth-largest school district. Located in Columbia, S.C., Richland One is an urban school district that serves more than 24,000 students at 28 elementary schools, nine middle schools and seven high schools. Prior to his current position, Dr. Mack served as the superintendent of the Dayton Public School System in Dayton, Ohio.

Mack obtained his bachelor of science degree in social science education from Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga; his master’s of education degree in social science education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.; and his educational specialist and doctor of philosophy degrees in administration and supervision from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.

In 2006, the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE) named Dr. Mack ‘Superintendent of the Year’.

Dr. Mack and his wife, Carolyn, have three adult daughters who are college graduates with education careers.

The registration fee for the Educational Leadership Seminar is $50.00.

For more information contact Elizabeth Horton, Department of Educational Leadership at 803-516-4734 or Annette Russell, in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at 803-536-7133.