Leading in Education

NOTE: Due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been rescheduled for October 6, 2021 from it's original date of August 18, 2021.

Join us for an informative breakfast on the state of our education and hear from the South Carolina Governor's office. This informative breakfast with the Senior Education Advisor to Governor Henry McMaster, Melanie Barton, will give us the opportunity to hear first hand the issues, challenges, and accomplishments of our education system in South Carolina.

About our Guest, Melanie Barton

Melanie BartonSince September of 2019 Melanie has served as Senior Education Advisor for the Governor of South Carolina, the Honorable Henry McMaster. She is responsible for advising the Governor on policy and finance issues related to early childhood education, public education and higher education. She previously served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC), an independent nonpartisan committee composed of eighteen educators, business leaders and elected officials, appointed by the South Carolina General Assembly and Governor to oversee enactment of the state’s accountability system for K-12 education. During her nineteen years working for the EOC and the General Assembly, Melanie directed the evaluation of the state’s full-day 4K program and assisted the General Assembly in developing public education finance policies. Since 2012 she has represented South Carolina on the Southern Regional Education Board, serving on several commissions including the Early Childhood Commission, Computer Science Commission, Teacher Preparation

Commission, and Dual Enrollment Commission. She earned her master’s degree in public policy analysis from Duke University and her undergraduate degrees in history and political science from Furman University.

Thomas Heath will be our moderator and facilitate our Q&A session.

LOCATION: Omar Shrine Auditorium - Mt. Pleasant :: 176 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464


7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
7:58 a.m. Welcome Message
8:00 a.m Pledge of Allegiance
8:02 a.m. Panel Discussion and Q & A- Thomas Heath, Moderator
8:56 a.m. Adjourn - Ruthann Kelly Hipps



Charleston Southern University



October 6th, 2021 7:30 AM through  9:00 AM
176 Patriots Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
United States
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