Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Greenville County Schools Announces Hiring of New Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Mason Gary has joined Greenville County Schools as Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Gary previously served as superintendent for Anderson District Three, and has served for 27 years in public education in various roles including teacher, coach, administrative assistant, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.
In the last three years, Dr. Gary has taken Anderson District Three from” Average” to “Excellent” in the Absolute Rating category and “Good” to “Excellent” in Growth Rating and has demonstrated an ability to effectively utilize resources. He also did an exemplary job communicating the facility needs of the district and the impact of a one-cent sales tax. Additionally, he led the expansion of Career and Technical course offerings and additional AP and dual credit offerings in Anderson District Three.
His tenure as principal at Palmetto High School mirrored his success as superintendent and resulted in four Excellent and two Good ratings on the state’s school report cards, Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards, a Schools of Promise Award, a “Greatest Generation” Pilot School and a South Carolina Department of Education “Red Carpet School” Award.
Dr. Gary has also co-authored a book entitled, No Margin for Error: Saving our schools from borderline teachers. He has also served as an adjunct education professor at Anderson University, Clemson University, Presbyterian College and Southern Wesleyan University, teaching a number of courses on Education Law, the Principalship, School Finance, and Educational Leadership.
“Dr. Gary has successful hands on experience in all aspects of the administration and operations functions of a school district and it is my belief that he will be a great addition to the GCS staff and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Deputy Superintendent,” said Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster. “Based on conversations I have had with members of his Board of Trustees and my past experiences and interactions with him, Dr. Gary pairs his knowledge and experiences with a high degree of personal integrity, a focus on student achievement, and a track record of increased student achievement at every level,” Dr. Royster added.
Dr. Gary will be largely responsible for the day to day operations of the school district. He replaces Interim Deputy Superintendent Leroy Hamilton.