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Citadel News Service
22 Sep 2010

Charleston mayor, two educators named to Education Wall of Fame

Longtime Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., leads this year list of inductees into The Citadel School of Education’s Wall of Fame.

 Joseph P. Riley Jr.
The School of Education Wall of Fame honors Citadel graduates and others who have distinguished themselves as educators and/or as supporters of public education. The third annual Wall of Fame celebration takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 in the Courvoisie Banquet Hall at the Holiday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. The banquet is an invitation-only event.

Tony Johnson, dean of the School of Education, said in addition to recognizing individuals for their achievements and contributions, this Wall of Fame banquet is intended to highlight recent accomplishments of The Citadel School of Education and to solicit community support for the ongoing transformation of a good School of education into a great one.

"The accomplishments of the 2010 Wall of Fame inductees are illustrative of the School of Education’s leadership in support of The Citadel’s strategic initiative “to provide outreach to the region and serve as a resource in its economic development,” he said.

All of the 2010 inductees are Citadel graduates. In addition to Riley, they are:

  • Sandra R. Lindsay, clinical professor in the Education Leadership and Polices Department of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina and former South Carolina deputy secretary of education; and
  • Lucy Garrett Beckham, the 2010 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year.

In addition to honoring this year’s inductees, the School of Education will highlight the STEM Center of Excellence, a collaborative venture of the Schools of Education, Engineering, and Science and Mathematics to enhance educational opportunities in those disciplines. 

Lucy Garrett Beckham

2010 Wall of Fame Inductees

Lucy Garrett Beckham

A 1979 and 1996 graduate of The Citadel Graduate College, Lucy Beckham, 2010 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year, is known for her visionary leadership and commitment to excellence in every area of school life. For the past 12 years, Beckham has served as principal of Wando High School. As a testament to her leadership, Wando consistently demonstrates that a large, public, non-magnet high school serving diverse students can produce outstanding results and earn numerous state and national awards.

Beckham’s knowledge of best practices for high schools is matched only by her professionalism, collaborative leadership, and commitment to providing the highest quality education for all students. She is relentless in her determination to do the right things for students and staff. She engages the stakeholders of Wando High School and—since they take ownership of the school—they are fully supportive of Wando’s mission. 

A native of Fountain Inn, S.C., Beckham is a product of the Greenville County Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston, and her masters and specialist degrees in school administration from The Citadel. Her professional career includes 16 years as a high school mathematics teacher and 17 years as a school administrator. As the principal of Wando High School, Beckham leads a staff of more than 300 and oversees a student body of more than 3,300.

In 2010, Beckham received the state’s highest civilian honor, the Oder of the Palmetto. In addition, she was 2010 recipient of the South Carolina 2020 Vision Pacesetter Award presented by the S.C. office of Career and Technology Education. She has been honored as the 2009 South Carolina High School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and received the 2008 Administrator of the Year Award by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association. In 2001, Beckham was named South Carolina Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Student Councils and was the recipient of the Septima P. Clark Award for Excellence in Education from the Trident Urban League.

Sandra R. Lindsay
Sandra R. Lindsay

A 1978 graduate of The Citadel Graduate College with a masters’ degree in literacy, Lindsay received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina in 1992 and her baccalaureate degree in history from Winthrop University in 1973. She is currently serving as a clinical professor in the Education Leadership and Polices Department of the University of South Carolina College of Education. In addition to her work at USC, Lindsay is also the Southeast Comprehensive Center’s state liaison and does extensive consulting focused on leadership development in support of low performing schools.

From 1999-2005, Lindsay served as the deputy state superintendent for curriculum services and assessment at the South Carolina Department of Education during State Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum’s administration. At the school district level, Lindsay served for 27 years in leadership roles in Dorchester School District 2. She has assumed numerous leadership positions in the state including the presidencies of the South Carolina Association of School Superintendents and the South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In addition, Lindsay has served at the national level as President of the Deputies Leadership Commission of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Through her workshops and consultations across the state and nation, Lindsay continues to assist teachers and administrators in developing their leadership skills to ensure that all children and youth succeed. She has received numerous awards for her work with public schools, including the Outstanding Educator Award for the South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

A 1964 graduate of The Citadel, Riley is widely considered to be a visionary and highly effective governmental leader. First elected mayor in December 1975, Riley is serving an unprecedented ninth term. Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony, experienced a substantial decrease in crime, achieved a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown, created the internationally acclaimed Spoleto Festival U.S.A., expanded the city’s park system including the celebrated Waterfront Park, developed nationally acclaimed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth in size and population. Riley’s administration has gained national recognition for an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, and for economic revitalization and development. Due significantly to his leadership, the City of Charleston is recognized as one of the most livable and progressives cities in the United States. Meriting special recognition as a member of the 2010 Citadel School of Education Wall of Fame is Riley’s commitment to high quality education for all children and youth of the region. He recently demonstrated tangible evidence of this commitment by publicly supporting the superintendent of the Charleston County Schools and her plans for ensuring that all children achieve excellence in education.

Riley has held numerous national leadership positions and received many awards and distinctions. Included among these are the 2009 National Medal for the Arts presented at the White House by President Barrack Obama; the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Leadership in City Design created by the American Architectural Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He is the recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities and in 2000 Riley was honored as the first recipient of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionary Urban Development. He is also a member of the Order of the Palmetto and has been named South Carolinian of the Year. In addition Riley has been lauded nationally for his leadership during and after Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

In addition to graduating from The Citadel and from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Riley has received honorary degrees from The Citadel, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, Winthrop University, and the College of Charleston.

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