Director for Communications

Mrs. Mary Anne Byrd, APR

Phone: (803) 432-8416 ext. 1229


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Mary Anne Byrd, APR

With over 25 years of experience, Mary Anne Byrd has served as the KCSD Communications Director since December of 2005. She previously served in similar roles for the Darlington County School District and the SC State Department of Education (SCDE).  While at SCDE, Mrs. Byrd developed and coordinated the Red Carpet Schools program, an initiative to recognize family-friendly schools.  The program was named the Distinguished Single Project Award by the National School Public Relations Association, the only time a South Carolina program has ever received the honor.

Mrs. Byrd enjoys spending time with her family including her husband Howard and sons Braxton and Heath who are students at Winthrop University and daughter Allie, a Lugoff-Elgin High School student.

She is a two-time past president of the SC chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (SC/NSPRA).  The KCSD communications department has won multiple awards for excellence in communications from SC/NSPRA including the organization’s prestigious Medallion Award. In 2018, SC/NSPRA named her Communicator of the Year. 

Degrees and Certifications

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina with honors from South Carolina Honors College

Master of Business Administration from Francis Marion University

Accreditation in Public Relations from Universal Accreditation Board