Clover schools name state education leader as new superintendent

Sheila Quinn has been named the new superintendent for the Clover school district.
Sheila Quinn has been named the new superintendent for the Clover school district. Contributed photo

The Clover school district has hired Sheila Quinn, former deputy state superintendent for innovation and effectiveness at the South Carolina Department of Education, as the new district leader.

The Clover school board voted unanimously to name Quinn, a Clover resident, the new superintendent Monday. Quinn will start on July 1 and will work with current Superintendent Marc Sosne until that date, a release states.

Sosne, who has led Clover schools since 2007, announced he is retiring at the end of the school year.

The South Carolina School Boards Association worked with the Clover school board to select the new superintendent.

“There were three excellent finalists,” said Mack McCarter, Clover school board chairman. “We are very excited to have Dr. Quinn join the district in this leadership position.”

The other finalists were are Tim Newman, superintendent of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4, and Thomas Schmolze, assistant superintendent for administration and student services with the Fort Mill school district.

Quinn has served as the leader of innovation and effectiveness at the state department of education since 2015, the release states.

“I have had the tremendous honor the past two and-a-half years to serve my state under the leadership of Molly Spearman, who I believe is one of the best educational leaders to have held the state superintendent of education position,” Quinn said in a prepared statement.

“Now, I am doubly blessed to have the opportunity to serve my community as superintendent of education in one of the best school districts in South Carolina.”

Quinn served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and administrative services for Clover schools for five years prior to her state position.

Quinn was also the executive director of middle and secondary education for the Rock Hill school district for four years and has served as a director of curriculum, instructional specialist, assistant principal for academics and an English teacher for Rock Hill schools. She received her doctorate of education degree from Gardner-Webb University and her master’s in administration and supervision from Winthrop University. She earned her bachelor’s in secondary English from Winthrop.

Quinn said Clover schools have “all of the ingredients of a world class system – a supportive community, a high performing student body and staff and a progressive school board who wants to foster a culture of excellence that ensures the district reaches its highest potential,” according to the release.

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