Executive Director for Community Relations

Phone: (803) 432-8416 ext. 1229


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Mary Anne Byrd, APR

I have worked for KCSD since December of 2005 and previously served in a similar communication role for the SC State Department of Education (SCDE) where I 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.

I am a two-time past president of the SC chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (SC/NSPRA).  I am proud of the fact that our department and schools have won multiple awards for excellence in communications from SC/NSPRA including the organization’s prestigious Medallion Award. I was honored to be named SC/NSPRA's Communicator of the Year in 2018. I also serve as the SC Association of School Administrators' Education Specialists Affiliate President and on the Center for Executive Education Leadership faculty.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family including my husband Howard and sons Braxton and Heath and my daughter Allie.

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