School of Education names two new advisory board members
South Carolina Rep. Joseph Jefferson, Jr. and Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Rodney Thompson are the newest members of The Citadel School of Education Developmental Advisory Board.
The Development Advisory Board assists The Citadel School of Education in fulfilling its mission of preparing principled educational leaders and in becoming a national model for developing leaders for the 21st Century schools. The oard, comprised of distinguished educational, business, and community leaders, assists the School of Education in raising discretionary or special purpose funds in support of strategic initiatives.
Jefferson, a Pineville native, has been the Democratic House representative for District 102 since 2005. Prior to that, the full-time legislator and real estate investor worked for the Department of Transportation. He also served as chairman of the Berkeley County School Board from 1982 to 1993 and was specialist assistant to Congressman Mendel Davis from 1972 to 1980. Jefferson has also served as a highway commissioner for the sixth district and as a magistrate judge in Berkeley County.
A graduate of Clafin University and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Magistrate School, Jefferson has served on the medical, military and public and municipal affairs committees in the South Carolina House of Representatives since 2009.
Thompson, who resides in Hanahan, currently serves as the superintendent of the Berkeley Country School District. Thompson has more than 20 years of public education experience, including 10 years teaching at the middle school and high school levels.
After six years of serving in leadership capacities at the high school level, Thompson was given the position of administrative supervisor of secondary schools, where he evaluated, led and mentored rising leadership. Thompson was then promoted to chief administrative officer, overseeing school safety, discipline, athletics, nutrition and health services for the Berkeley Country School District. He was named superintendent in February.
Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Clemson University and completed his Master of Education and his Education Specialist degrees at The Citadel. He has served on several committees for Berkeley Country School District, including curriculum, strategic planning, policy, transportation and special education. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of South Carolina.