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Foundational Updates January 2021

January 15, 2021

New year, new look for GSSM!

the new GSSM logoHappy New Year! GSSM recently announced our new brand, which is designed to show the world who we are, what we do, and what we stand for. Simple, contemporary, and sleek, the new logo reflects the spirit of the school. The converging magenta and blue colors represent math and science, respectively, and overlap to create a Palmetto blue color. The iconic crescent moon shape from the South Carolina state flag visually emphasizes GSSM's commitment to the state of South Carolina.

Over 300 members of the Govie community contributed to the branding process, offering valuable insights into the GSSM experience through focus groups, online surveys, and one-on-one discussions. Thank you to these alumni, board members, community partners, faculty, parents, and staff for your contributions! Read more about GSSM's new brand identity.

Introducing GSSM's Interim President: Mr. Daniel Dorsel '90

Danny Dorsel, GSSM Interim PresidentThe GSSM Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Daniel S. Dorsel, GSSM Class of 1990, as Interim President effective January 1, 2021. Mr. Dorsel is the first alumnus to head the school.

Mr. Dorsel has been part of the GSSM administration since 2012. He started his career as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers before entering the field of education, where he served as a high school principal, director of advancement, classroom teacher, and coach. Mr. Dorsel is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors for the National Consortium for Specialized STEM Schools.

“I am looking forward to serving as the Interim President for the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics,” Mr. Dorsel said. “We have an incredibly talented team of faculty and staff that are dedicated to providing educational opportunities that consistently move our students and state forward in STEM education. GSSM had a tremendous positive impact on me as a student. I hope to provide a similar impact during my time as Interim President.”

Dr. Ershela Sims, who served as GSSM's Interim President since July 2019, became Executive Director of the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) on January 1. WEPAN is the leading champion in North America for leveraging research and best practices to propel women's inclusion in the field of engineering.

Save the Date!

March 17, 2021 in Columbia, SC
and livestream on YouTube

Honoring 2021 Townes Award recipients
Lou & Bill Kennedy
co-owners & leaders of Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Add the Townes Award Celebration to your calendar: Google | Apple/Outlook

Buying new gear for your New Year's resolution? Support GSSM at the same time!

AmazonSmileYour shopping spree could help a Govie in need! AmazonSmile contributes a percentage of your purchases to the charity of your choice, and we invite you to register the GSSM Foundation as your charity! We don't get any information about you or your purchases; the program is completely anonymous. It's an easy way to help support GSSM students and programs. Choose the GSSM Foundation as your charity on AmazonSmile today!

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