Columbia, December 20, 2018 -- Dr. Brian Newsome, Principal of Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, has been appointed to serve as the newest member of the SC Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Newman was appointed by Governor Henry McMaster to serve as his educator designee to the committee. His term will begin immediately as it fills the expired term of Anne Bull, who had been appointed by Governor Nikki Haley.
Newsome has been Principal of Gray Collegiate since 2016. Prior to that, he was Superintendent of Orangeburg Preparatory Schools from 2014 to 2016 and Principal of Williston-Elko High School from 2010 to 2014.
Newsome earned his Bachelor of Science in Law/Communication from Charleston Southern University as well as a Bachelor of Science, Physical Education Certification from South Carolina State University. He holds a Masters of Sports Management from United States Sports Academy and an Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) from South Carolina State University.
"Dr. Newsome is dedicated to improving public education in South Carolina," stated Governor Henry McMaster. "He has over 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator and he will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the EOC."
Newsome served as an active member of the AdvanceED Accreditation Council from 2012 to 2017 and has received numerous awards for moving schools academically. He has twice been nominated for the SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Secondary Principal of the Year Award.