Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges
Interim Superintendent - Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr.
From flunking third grade to leading a school district, Dr. Akil Ross’ story is an example of how one educator can transform a struggling student into a high performing student. He credits his second 3rd grade teacher with saving his life with her growth instructional method. This teacher’s focus on growth versus achievement gave Akil the confidence to believe in himself and the skills to maximize his potential. Dr. Ross believes that all students can grow when they are provided the best environment for growth. The school community is that environment. As a result, he has dedicated his professional career to creating a future where every community empowers every child.
Upon graduation from Duke University in Durham, N.C., Dr. Ross began his 20-year education career as a teacher and coach at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, S.C. In 2005, he obtained his master’s in education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and joined the Chapin High School administration as an assistant principal. In 2009, he earned his educational specialist degree (Ed.S) from South Carolina State University and was named principal of Chapin High School July 2010. In July of 2012, he became Dr. Ross after earning a doctorate in Curriculum Studies from the University of South Carolina.
As principal of Chapin High School, Dr. Ross was named the 2017 SC Secondary Principal of the Year and the 2018 NASSP National 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 is an author, Affiliate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina and named the 2020 USC College of Education Adjunct Professor of the Year. In July 2021, Dr. Ross became Interim Superintendent of School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties, and he seeks to further his vision of a future where every community empowers every child.
Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr.
Executive Administrative Assistant for Board of Trustees and Superintendent