Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges
Dr. Stephen W. Hefner began his professional career as a high school teacher in his home state ofMissouri. His teaching career took a brief detour upon his being drafted into the Army in December of 1970. After completing his military commitment, he earned his Master's Degree at the University ofSouth Carolina, where he later earned his doctorate.
He joined Lexington-Richland Five on January 3, 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as superintendent of nearby Richland School District Two for 16 years, where he was responsible for many innovative programs including the creation of multiple magnet centers and programs, choice options for parents and students, full-day kindergarten, service learning, expanded arts offerings and many technology initiatives.
Dr. Hefner has received numerous honors. In 1995, he received the "Friend of Gifted Education" Award from the SC Consortium for Gifted/Talented Education. In 1997, he was named Educator of the Year by the SC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 2002, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the SC Association of School Administrators. He was honored as "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" in 2003 by the local Boy Scouts of America organization. In 2005, he received three national awards for his leadership in technology education. He was one of 16 superintendents to receive the President's Technology Award from the American Association of School Administrators, one of 10 superintendents to be named as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent by eSchool News and one of four superintendents to be named Leader of the Year by Technology and Learning magazine. In 2009, Dr. Hefner received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Hefner is married to the former Lana Mosley and they are the parents of two adult daughters, Megan and Channing.
Stephen Hefner, Ed.D.
Executive Administrative Assistant to Board and Superintendent