october, 2021

06oct7:30 am9:00 amOctober 2021 Quarterly Leader Breakfast SeriesSenior Education Advisor to Governor Henry McMaster, Melanie Barton

Event Details

Avoiding a minimally adequate education system. We hear from Governor McMaster’s Senior Education Adviser, Melanie Barton, on where we are now.

Join us for an informative breakfast on the state of our education and hear from the South Carolina Senior Education Advisor to the Governor, Melanie Barton. This informative breakfast 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

Since 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.

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



(Wednesday) 7:30 am - 9:00 am

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