South Carolina High School League Commissioner Recognized for Support of Interscholastic Athletics’ Role in Dropout Prevention
CLEMSON, S.C. (February 23, 2017) – Jerome Singleton, Commissioner of the South Carolina High School League, is the 2017 recipient of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N). Each year, the Riley Award recognizes a South Carolinian who has made a significant contribution to improving high school graduation rates. The award is given in honor of Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley because of their many years of service and contributions to the school success of South Carolina’s youth. As Governor and First Lady of South Carolina, the Rileys led the state through an era of successful school improvement. Governor Riley later served as Secretary of Education in the Clinton administration and was instrumental in founding the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.
Singleton was recognized with the Riley Award because of his work, service, and support of interscholastic athletics. Interscholastic athletics provide a framework and context for relationships that are a driving force in keeping students in school and on track for high school graduation.
Singleton has served as Commissioner of the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) for 11 years. He has been with the organization for more than 20 years, having served as Associate Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner before moving to his current position. The SCHSL directs and administers the high school and middle school interscholastic athletic activities of the 415 member schools across South Carolina. Singleton is currently serving as the president-elect of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors. In 2017-18, he will serve as Board President of NFHS.
Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of The National Dropout Prevention Center, said, “Commissioner Singleton is a leader and role model. His work with coaches, referees, and players illustrates the importance of all coaches, volunteers, and community members in dropout prevention through the connections formed in extracurricular activities.”
About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
Established in 1986 with a mission to reduce dropout rates, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and a variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website—www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the College of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.