The Office of the Superintendent

  • The Office of the Superintendent is in charge of all schools and district departments. Nestled in the heart of the Palmetto State, the Kershaw County School District is home to more than 10,300 students and over 1,000 employees.  The district and schools are accredited by  AdvancedEd and the South Carolina Department of Education. The district’s 2018-19 general fund budget is $87.7 million.

Superintendent

Phone: (803) 432-8416

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. J. Harrison Goodwin, Ph.D.

Dr. Goodwin is originally from Camden, SC., and is pleased to be returning to Kershaw County as the Superintendent, beginning on July 1, 2022.

Prior to being appointed superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, Dr. Goodwin was superintendent of Chesterfield County Schools from 2012-2022. During his tenure in Chesterfield County, the district and its schools have received many accolades. Under his leadership, the district received its first-ever Excellent on the South Carolina State Report Card.  Previously, he served as an assistant superintendent and principal in Spartanburg One, and as an assistant principal and teacher in Greenwood 52. 

In 2019 Dr. Goodwin was named South Carolina Superintendent of the Year. He was also honored with the following awards: 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association, 2016 Outstanding Superintendent by the Career and Technology Administrators Association, and 2012 Honor Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Music Educators Association.  

Dr. Goodwin serves on numerous boards and has held many offices in education-related organizations, including the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), South Carolina School Boards Insurance Trust, South Carolina Association of Governmental Organizations, Northeastern Technical College Board of Commissioners, and Chesterfield County First Steps. He served as the president of the Superintendent’s Division SCASA during the 2019-20 school year and as the president of SCASA in 2020-2021.

Dr. Goodwin holds both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Clemson University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent

Phone: (803) 432-8416 x1226

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Wendy Blair

I am the administrative assistant for Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin and for the Kershaw County School Board.  I started in the district in 2014 as the Stover Middle receptionist.  I moved to the district office in 2016 and served as the administrative assistant to the Communications Department under Mary Anne Byrd.