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About Dr. Baron R. Davis

An educator for more than 20 years, Dr. Baron R. Davis is Superintendent of Richland School District Two and the first African American to hold this position.

In July 2017, Dr. Davis assumed the helm of the largest school district in the Midlands region of South Carolina with a strong statement. He rolled out “Pathways to Premier,” the district’s 2017–2020 Strategic Plan, which he developed with district partners during his year of transition as superintendent-elect. In this plan, Dr. Davis presents his vision for partnering with families, staff and community to make Richland Two the premier school district. The CEO of K12 Insight described “Pathways to Premier” as one of the most eloquent and instructive illustrations on the relevance and importance of a strong school climate.

Reaffirming that learning is the cornerstone for everything in Richland Two, Dr. Davis spearheaded multiple initiatives aimed at ensuring consistent high quality teaching and learning in every classroom in every school. Guided by his leadership, the district implemented the Richland Two Instructional Model and the Richland Two Data Protocol. The model lays out instructional and assessment best practices and the protocol supports data-informed decision making. Both instruments support Richland Two students as they develop the world class knowledge, world class skills, and life and career characteristics that makeup the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. Additionally, Dr. Davis developed the Richland 2 Ready to Read Book Campaign that has collected 27,000 books for second-grade students and younger to keep in their home libraries. The Richland Two AVID Early College started the same year he became superintendent, generating a strong sense of pride in a program that provides a tuition-free pathway for students to earn up to two years of college credit while in high school.

Dr. Davis continues to advance the district’s long-standing commitment to providing superior learning experiences in top-notch facilities. Under his leadership, voters in Richland Two approved a request to borrow $468 million to address district facility needs in the areas of safety and security, academic learning spaces, transportation, technology and arts/athletics. The bond referendum projects are part of a 10-year facility plan that will provide premier facilities through strategic capital improvements across the district.

In 2014, Dr. Davis joined the City of Columbia’s “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative,” which empowers boys and young men of color in low-income minority communities to thrive and become productive citizens. Reared in the public housing system since age two, he knows the struggles associated with poverty. He has been a member of the planning committee for the City of Columbia’s Black Male Achievement Conference for three years. Heralded for conditioning his mind to believe all things are possible and pursuing his dreams, Dr. Davis is an inductee of the Columbia Housing Authority’s Wall of Fame.

Dr. Davis’s support of education and his community extends beyond Richland Two. He has served as a principal mentor and coach for induction principals participating in the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of School Leadership Principal Induction Program. Currently, he serves on the Francis Marion University Alumni Board, the University of South Carolina Trio Programs Advisory Board, the South Carolina Male Achievement Conference Planning Committee, Rotary International (Spring Valley Club, Columbia S.C.), national and state associations of school administrators, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Omicron Phi Chapter). In past years, he has given service to the University of South Carolina’s Department of Counselor Education Advisory Council and the SCASA Institute of Innovation Planning Committee.  Dr. Davis was selected as the 2017 Administrator of the Year for both the Richland County Association of Educational Office Professionals and the National Association of Educational Office Professionals. His most recent honors include the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Educational Leaders of America, the Professional Industry Award for Education and Arts from Francis Marion University and the Columbia Chamber’s Cathy Novinger Trailblazer award.

Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Francis Marion University. From the University of South Carolina, he earned master’s degrees in school counseling and educational administration, and Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in educational counseling. He holds superintendent, school counseling, secondary principal and secondary supervision certifications. In addition to his formal educational training, Dr. Davis has participated and completed numerous educational leadership programs offered through the South Carolina Department of Education including the Tapping Executive Educators Program, the School Leadership Executive Institute and the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program, and the Riley Institute at Furman University Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Dr. Davis, a Columbia native, is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. He and his wife, Pamela, have two daughters who attend school in Richland Two and another who recently graduated from a district high school.