Spartanburg Water Officer Graduates from Leadership SC

Staff Report From Spartanburg CEO

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Gene Jackson, Spartanburg Water Capital Projects Officer, recently graduated from Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most respected leadership development program. Graduates successfully completed more than 120 hours of instruction in issues facing South Carolina. 

To date, more than 2,000 leaders have graduated from Leadership SC, the only statewide program that explores the challenges facing our state with solutions for improvement.

“Leadership South Carolina was a great opportunity to see the challenges as well as the tremendous strengths we have in our state,” said Jackson. “We traveled around the state in nine months to learn more about our state's natural resources, economy, work force and public education to name a few”

As such, the orientation session for the nine-month program began in Columbia at the McCrady Army National Guard Training Center and subsequent sessions took place in locations across the state as it pertained to their specific topic. As the class members find inspiration in these individualized sessions, each program then culminates with a unique class project.

The Class of 2018 chose to assist Johnston, SC (Edgefield County) with the development of a town park  by establishing a walking trail, renovating and upgrading a community park and raising more than $65,000 in donations. During the past 15 years, class projects have raised nearly a $500,000 for the benefit of the Palmetto State, under the direction of Helen Munnerlyn, Executive Director.