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SC Whitmore School announces new leadership

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Columbia, SC – SC Whitmore School (SCWS), a statewide online public charter high school, has named Kim Dunbar the new executive director, and Eboné Adams as the new principal. Following eight dynamic years at SCWS, former executive director John Loveday, announced he has accepted a new leadership role at Rhodes Branding as the Vice President of Innovation. Rhodes Branding is a South Carolina based marketing firm that focuses on supporting schools with a wide array of strategic planning, branding, and operational consulting services.

“This is a very bittersweet moment for me. However, after a 15 year career serving as a teacher, principal, and executive director in the public sector in South Carolina, I am ready to take on a new challenge. Challenging the status quo and finding creative solutions to systemic problems is deeply ingrained into who I am as both a person and a professional. At Rhodes Branding I will be able to assist schools and school leaders across the country realize their best version of themselves. I am proud of the work my team and I at SCWS have achieved since 2013, and I look forward to witnessing their future growth and success.”

In late April, following Loveday’s internal announcement, the SCWS Board of Directors started the search for the new executive director. After a multitude of applicants and a detailed interview process, Kim Dunbar was selected to serve as the new executive director. Dunbar has been with SCWS since 2014, and has served in various capacities, including: a School Counselor, the Lead School Counselor and most recently as the Director of School Counseling at SCWS.

“I have had the honor of working at SC Whitmore School for the past 8 years as a school counselor and in leadership roles. I’m thankful and humbled by the board’s decision to allow me the opportunity to serve the faculty and staff, students, and parents in the new position of executive director. I look forward to the continued success and growth of SC Whitmore School as we prepare the students of South Carolina for their next steps after graduating from high school.”

The Board of Directors are extremely excited about Dunbar’s new position. The board also decided that as SCWS continues to grow it would be great if there could be one person dedicated to the school operations, and another individual dedicated to functions of the school. Seeing this need the board decided to hire Eboné Adams as the new SCWS Principal. Adams has been with SCWS since 2011 and has served in various roles since SCWS opened including, School Counselor, Director of School Counseling and Assistant Principal. Most recently she was the Director of Student Services.

“Education has always been a deep passion of mine, and having the opportunity to positively impact students across South Carolina is a dream come true,” said Adams. “I am very excited about my new role and I am looking forward to the opportunity to help guide SCWS and positively impact South Carolina’s youth using technology and innovation to ensure their success for the future.”

After a record-setting 2020 – 2021 school year including the official charter renewal, the most students enrolled and the most graduates in school history, the SCWS Board of Directors are sure the new school leaders will continue to lead SCWS to success.

“We are overjoyed to have Kim Dunbar and Eboné Adams lead the team at SCWS as executive director and principal respectively,” said Shennice Cleckley, the SCWS Board Chair. “We appreciate John Loveday for his years of excellent dedicated service and are very excited for his future. The SCWS Board has complete faith in the abilities of our new executive team and look forward to continued success for the SCWS family.”

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