The top man at one of the top school districts in the state just won a lofty award himself.
Chuck Epps, Fort Mill School District superintendent, won the Citizenship and Service Award given by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award is given annually in memory of former community member and chamber organizer Eddie Black. It’s given to someone who made “significant contributions to the greater good of York County.”
Duke Energy’s Rick Jiran announced Epps as the winner in a video presentation Thursday night. Jiran spoke about the “unassuming, diplomatic approach” Epps takes in addressing major issues impacting his community. He is an educator, Jiran said, “in every sense of the word.”
“His experiences with instruction at all levels gives him global insight,” Jiran said. “His leadership in human resources ensured a high-quality workforce even with explosive growth and teacher shortages. Most importantly, he is a leader in planning and implementing strategies dealing with a high-growth school district, including budget management, bond referendum campaigns and student reassignments.”
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In addition to his work with the school district, Epps sits on several community boards. He is a past Citizen of the Year for the chamber’s Fort Mill area.
Epps wasn’t aware of the award prior to the presentation, but said he’d gladly accept it — on behalf of his district.
“I think the reason I was singled out for this honor is the success we’ve had with the Fort Mill schools,” Epps said. “And if that’s the case the credit really goes to the hard-working staff, the committed parents, the outstanding students, the supportive school board. That’s who’s doing the real work.”
Also bringing home an honor from the Fort Mill and Tega Cay area was April Simpkins, president of HRS&S Consulting. She was as Business Person of the Year for Fort Mill and Tega Cay. She sits on the HR Advisory Board for Winthrop University, is part of the Women Presidents Organization and in 2016 was named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women.