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South Carolina ASCD Announces Appointment of David Mathis, New Executive Director


South Carolina ASCD, a leading professional development organization dedicated to improving education in the state, is pleased to announce the appointment of David M. Mathis, Ed.D., as the organization's new Executive Director. With a distinguished career spanning education leadership roles and a profound commitment to enhancing teacher and school-level leader capacity, Mathis brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.

David recently retired as Deputy Superintendent of the Division of College and Career Readiness at the South Carolina Department of Education. With a career that began as a middle school social studies teacher, Mathis transitioned into various administrative positions, including assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal, and district administrator. Prior to his tenure at the South Carolina Department of Education, Mathis served as Superintendent of Saluda County Schools for nine years, leaving an indelible impact on the district's educational landscape.

Beyond his exceptional work in education, Mathis has actively participated in numerous professional organizations, demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field. He served as president of SCASCD in 2004 and was elected to the ASCD Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015. Furthermore, Mathis chaired the Superintendents Division of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators from 2015 to 2016 and presided as President of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, he contributed his insights and expertise to the South Carolina First Steps Board from 2018 to 2022.

As the new Executive Director of South Carolina ASCD, David will bring his passion and commitment to fostering teacher and school-level leader development, recognizing their pivotal role in promoting student success. With his deep understanding of educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, Mathis is uniquely positioned to lead South Carolina ASCD into a new era of growth and innovation. David holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master's degree in secondary education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Residing in North Augusta, SC, David and his wife Cindy find joy in their community. In his spare time, Mathis indulges his love for reading and takes long walks along the picturesque Savannah River.

South Carolina ASCD is excited to embark on this new chapter under the leadership of Dr. David Mathis. The organization eagerly anticipates the positive impact he will make in advancing educational excellence throughout the state.

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