Matthews selected as KCSD's Chief Academic Officer
May 19, 2021
The Kershaw County School Board has selected Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Secondary Education and Professional Development Director Dan Matthews to serve as its Chief Academic Officer. Matthews will follow Alisa Taylor who is retiring.
“Mr. Matthews has a strong instructional career including leading two separate schools to Palmetto’s Finest, which is the highest academic award for a South Carolina K-12 public school,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “He has a proven track record and commitment to our students, staff and schools.”
Matthews has served as the principal of Camden High School (CHS) and Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (LEMS), both of whom received the Palmetto’s Finest Award. He is the only South Carolina principal to lead two schools in different divisions to this honor. While as principal of CHS, the school was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for ACT improvement, and test scores were raised to the highest levels in the history of the school. Advanced Placement and honors offerings also were increased, and the CHS Hall of Fame was created under Matthews’ leadership.
While he was principal of LEMS, the school was the first one in South Carolina to be recognized as a School to Watch and the first one to recertify with that designation. While he was its principal, LEMS received a Palmetto Gold Award and the Palmetto Silver Award for four consecutive years.
Both CHS and LEMS underwent construction projects under his years as the schools’ principal.
As the district’s secondary education and professional development director since Oct. of 2019, Matthews has overseen middle and high school programs and helped start the Kershaw County Virtual Academy. He supervised the creation of the pacing guides and benchmarks for all middle and high school programs and helped develop academic strategies during COVID 19.
“I am ready to continue the strong work of our academic department and district,” Matthews said. “We will work together to build an exemplary instructional program that will focus on raising the achievement levels of all of our students. Our job is to make the Kershaw County School District among the best school districts in our state and in the Southeast.”
Matthews has served as the President of the SC High School League and helped develop curriculum for the SC Department of Education. In 2008, he was selected as both the Kershaw County Principal of the Year and the Kershaw County Reading Principal of the Year. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Kershaw County, Boys and Girls Club of Kershaw County and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Francis Marion University and a Master of Education degree from Winthrop University.