The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is excited to welcome Mary-Kate Ward and Lauren Shirley to the team.
Ward joins the Foundation as a Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, and Shirley joins as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator.
“Mary-Kate and Lauren are excellent additions to our dynamic team,” said Kim Bowman, CEO, GSSM Foundation and EVP Strategic Direction, GSSM. “I’m confident they will bring an abundance of energy and creativity to their respective roles in addition to talent and commitment.”
Ward graduated from GSSM in 2009. She is originally from Summerville where she currently resides. Ward attended Clemson University and graduated in 2013 from the Calhoun Honors College with a Bachelors of Science in Science Teaching with a concentration in biological sciences.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ward worked with Athletic Academic Services at The Citadel, and her role with GSSM will focus on students and program delivery across the Lowcountry.
"I am thrilled to be fulfilling one of my career aspirations by returning to the Governor's School as a recruiter. Not only does GSSM expose students to high-level academics and an opportunity to live in a community of scholars, but students learn how to be successful in so many aspects of life and develop permanent friendships,” Ward said. “I thrived both academically and personally during my two years at GSSM and am grateful for all of the opportunities my exceptional education afforded me. I look forward to sharing my story and meeting talented students throughout the Lowcountry."
Shirley is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she worked as the news editor for the Daily Gamecock. Prior to joining GSSM, she worked as a news reporting intern at the Post and Courier in Charleston where she covered local news and feature stories.
As the PR and Marketing Coordinator, Shirley will focus on cultivating relationships with statewide media and expanding the school’s social media presence.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with GSSM,” Shirley said. “I’m especially looking forward to using my passion for news to put our school into the spotlight, where it belongs.”