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Superintendent - Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr.
Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr. is a veteran educator who serves as Superintendent for Lexington-Richland School District Five. Dr. Ross began his 20-year education career as a teacher and coach at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, S.C. He came to School District Five from Richland School District One in 2005, where he first served as assistant principal and then principal at Chapin High School. In 2018, he left Chapin High School to serve as the Director of Secondary Education for the district. Dr. Ross is also an author and Affiliate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). He left School District Five in 2018 to start HeartED, LLC, an educational consulting firm, to share lessons and strategies to further his vision of a future where every community empowers every child. He was named Superintendent in School District Five on February of 2022.
Dr. Ross earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2002. In 2005, he obtained his master’s in education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. In 2009, he earned his educational specialist degree (Ed.S) from South Carolina State University. In July of 2012, he earned his doctorate in Curriculum Studies from the University of South Carolina.
He has received numerous professional recognitions and accomplishments during his career including: the 2017 South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Secondary Principal of the Year and the 2018 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Principal of the Year. He was featured in The State Newspaper, 20 under 40, Class of 2017, Principal Leadership Magazine, The Rotarian Magazine and Columbia Business Monthly, 50 Most Influential, 2018. Dr. Ross was named the 2020 UofSC College of Education Adjunct Professor of the Year.
Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr.
Executive Administrative Assistant for Board of Trustees and Superintendent