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Executive Director

         Meet Dr. Fay Sprouse

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 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.

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.

Dr. Sprouse was recently awarded the 2024 South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award honors leaders who demonstrate outstanding leadership, a record of service and leadership as a SCASA member and its affiliates, community service, and service to the profession above and beyond normal job obligations. She has been a member of SCASA since 1994 and held the SCASA Board President position this year and also served as the Superintendents' Affiliate Representative and as a mentor for future leaders.

Having been a part of the Consortium since 2001, Dr. Sprouse knows how the Consortium functions.  She understands the importance of collaboration among the 13 school districts WPEC serves including the SC Governor's School for Agriculture and higher education partners, Piedmont Technical College, Clemson University, Lander 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 as well. 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 which has been her lifelong passion.