2003 Award Recipient – Terry Richardson, Jr.

Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention

Jay Smink and Calvin “Chip” Jackson

The seventh annual Award was presented to Calvin “Chip” Jackson at a ceremony held on February 17, 2009.

Calvin “Chip” Jackson currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Administration at the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, a progressive ministry in Columbia, SC, with more than 11,000 members. Mr. Jackson serves as Chair for several statewide boards, including the College of Health, Education, and Human Development’s External Advisory Board at Clemson University. He is currently serving his first term on the Richland School District Two Board of Trustees in Columbia. Mr. Jackson served as a Deputy Superintendent at the South Carolina Department of Education from 1999 until 2005.

He has co-authored two books: Powerful Allies Afterschool Programs, Service-Learning and Community Education and Small High Schools That Flourish: Rural Contact, Case Studies and Resources. He participated as a panelist, discussing best practices in dropout prevention at the 2008 SC Dropout Summit. He served as a member of the National Advisory Committee to develop a new SC student assessment (PASS).

Mr. Jackson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Public Policy from the University of South Carolina.


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