Robert Gantt, Secretary

Robert Gantt, Board Chair  Robert Gantt
 Term Ends: November 2020








Robert Gantt has been involved in District Five for more than 38 years, serving in various capacities as a volunteer and 20 years as an elected School Board member. He served as president of the Irmo Elementary (IES) Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for two years, chairperson of the IES School Improvement Council (SIC) for one year and a member for four years, member of Dutch Fork Elementary SIC for two years, member of Irmo Middle Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), chairperson of the Dutch Fork Middle SIC for two years, chairperson for the Dutch Fork High School SIC for three years, member of the Parents Advisory Cabinet, Calendar Committee, Building Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Personnel Committee and Fine Arts Committee. Mr. Gantt volunteered as a bus driver for several athletic teams at Dutch Fork High School and is known as the "Voice of the Silver Foxes" for his announcing of football games and other athletic events. Mr. Gantt has served as a member of the School Board since November 2000, being re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. While a member of the School Board, he has served as Board Secretary, Vice-Chairman and currently as Chairman. Mr. Gantt has served on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina School Boards Association and served as President for 2015.

He has been married to Laura Smith Gantt for 50 years and is the father of three daughters, all graduates of School District 5. He is also the proud grandparent of a current eight grade student at Chapin Middle school. He also is the proud grandparent of a 6 year old granddaughter in kindergarten in the Greenville County public school system and a 3 year old grandson in pre school.

Mr. Gantt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Marketing from the University of South Carolina. He retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 27+ years of service. He is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser by the State of South Carolina. He retired from the State South Carolina and is a partner with Wythe Consulting LLC. Mr. Gantt attends Riverland Hills Baptist Church.