Davis takes over as new R2 Super

Davis

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As of July 1, Richland School District Two has a new superintendent, Dr. Baron R. Davis, who succeeds former superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm who retired effective June 30. The District has invited the community to a Meet and Greet for Davis on Tuesday, July 11, from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation, 763 Fashion Drive. Baron has served as superintendent-elect for the past year.

An educator for almost 20 years, Davis served as one of the district’s assistant superintendents prior to his transition year as superintendent-elect. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Francis Marion University, master’s degrees in school counseling and educational administration from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational counseling.

Davis also holds superintendent, school counseling, secondary principal and secondary supervision certifications and has participated and completed numerous educational leadership programs offered through the South Carolina Department of Education.

During his educational career, Davis has served in rural, urban and suburban school systems where his schools were recognized for closing the achievement gap, increasing graduation rates and increasing Advanced Placement participation rates. While Baron was principal of Spring Valley High School, the school was recognized by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools and by Newsweek as one of America’s Top High Schools.

Under Davis’ guidance, all five of the district’s high schools were accepted to TransformSC’s network of innovative schools in May 2016.

Most recently, Davis was selected as the 2017 Administrator of the Year for both the Richland County Education Office Professionals and the National Association of Education Office Professionals.

Davis, a Columbia native, is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. He and his wife, Pamela, have three daughters, all of whom attend school in Richland Two.