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Dr. Fay Sprouse Named New Executive Director


Dr. Fay Sprouse will take over the leadership role as  Western Piedmont Education Consortium’s Executive Director effective July 1, 2024.  Dr. Sprouse will be replacing Jim Suber who left the position at the end of June.  Dr. Sprouse will be the first woman executive director since the Consortium was established in 1997. 

After a 40-year career in education with 23 years spent as superintendent in Greenwood 51 School District, Dr. Sprouse retired at the end of June 2024.

 After graduating from Erskine College, she earned her Master’s degree from Furman University and then received her degree in Educational Leadership from Clemson University in 2009.

Having been a part of the Consortium since 2001, Dr. Sprouse knows how the Consortium functions.  She understands the importance of collaboration among the 14 school districts WPEC serves along with the higher education partners, Piedmont Technical College, Clemson University, and USC Union. Meeting with the 17 Job Alike Peer Groups to listen to their concerns, ideas, and help with meeting their goals will be a big part of her job. Keeping up with proposed legislation and reporting to the Board of Directors on the potential effects legislation can have on school districts will also be a significant aspect of the role.

Dr. Sprouse says she is very thankful and feels blessed to be able to continue working in the field of education.


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Jim Suber announced he would be stepping down as WPEC Executive Director effective June 30, 2024.  Mr. Suber has served as executive director since July 2021. Suber says working with the 14 school districts and higher education partners has been a pleasure over the last three years and leaving the director role is bittersweet but after forty-plus years in education, it was time to ‘retire’ again.  Mr. Suber plans to enjoy traveling and spending time with his family.