For Immediate Release: May 26, 2020
Taylor Fulcher, Chief of Staff
South Carolina Public Charter School District Names Finalists for Superintendent
Columbia, South Carolina—The South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) Board of Trustees has named its finalists for the next leader of the District. After a rigorous interview process and an analyses of an overwhelming number of talented candidates, Angel Malone and Chris Neeley have been named the finalists. This comes after Elliot Smalley’s departure in March 2020, who led the SCPCSD for almost five years.
Malone, with 19 years of education under her belt, currently serves as the Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education with the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE). Prior to working with the SCDE, Malone was the founding principal of the Orangeburg High School for Health Professions. She has served South Carolina as a Science Teacher, Science Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. Malone is the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Black Pages Award, the United States Department of Education MLK Drum Major Award, and the South Carolina Order of the Silver Crescent Award; which is the highest honor given by the Governor to a South Carolina Resident for community activism. Malone is quoted as saying, “I am humbled by the opportunities that span my career in education that have allowed me to be in a place where I can leverage my position to open doors of access for all students without regard to where they come from. My journey from being a charter school principal for over 5 years and now having the honor to work at the State Department of Education has afforded me the opportunity to walk in my passion and purpose. I absolutely love how I am able to currently serve and would embrace the opportunity to work with the South Carolina Public Charter School District to continue opening doors and pathways of access for the students of South Carolina.”
Neeley, a government relations advisor for one of South Carolina’s oldest law firms, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Columbia, SC, provides strategic public affairs advice and relationship impact solutions for corporations, small businesses, government organizations and non-profits. Neeley acts as Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). He was appointed by President Donald J. Trump in March 2018 and serves as an advocate for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all facets of American life. He formerly served as the Principal of the Meyer Center, an institution of inclusive learning for children with and without disabilities. Prior to serving at the Meyer Center, Neeley worked from 2014 through 2016 as Executive Vice President of Made in USA Works!, a company he founded that conducted business development and international relations with more than 40 countries. He is a veteran of both the United States Navy and United States Army and currently serves as Director of Public Affairs for the South Carolina National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the US Army Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal while in Afghanistan for his work leading over 200 US and NATO Troops in Operation Outreach Afghanistan. He was also awarded the Bronze Star. Neeley is quoted saying, “I believe the role of the Superintendent is to lead a sound school district that respects and embraces the local charter schools’ expertise while at the same time ensuring they have the resources, support and advocacy necessary to achieve their mission. I believe my thirty years of leadership experience as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, school principal, combat veteran, government relations advisor and public servant have seasoned me with the right temperament, discipline and character to fulfill that role.”
The SCPCSD Board of Trustees will name the new Superintendent on June 11, 2020.
In the fall of 2020, the SCPCSD will oversee 33 public charter schools serving almost 20,000 students across the state, with 8 charter schools projected to open in 2021. The SCPCSD, the state’s largest and most diverse charter school authorizer, was recently named to the National AP Honor-Roll for dramatically narrowing racial and socio-economic achievement gaps in college entry exams.