Board of Trustees

The GSSM Board is responsible for the school's operation and oversight.

Members of the GSSM Board of Trustees are appointed by statute and by the Governor's Office of the State of South Carolina. The Board is responsible for the school's operations and oversight according to its bylaws.

Meet Our Board

Robert (Bob) Brown, Board Chairperson
Integrated Systems, Inc.

Charmeka Childs
MC Consulting, LLC

William Hudson Denney
Net3 Technology, Inc.

Danny Dorsel, Board Secretary
SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

John Michael Florence
VP, HR, General Counsel & Secretary

Dennis Getter
Retired Businessman

Heyward Hilliard
Executive VP of Operations
HMR Veterans Services, Inc.

Dr. Rainey H. Knight, Board Vice Chairperson
Director of Strategic Innovation
South Carolina Education Oversight Committee

Barbara Melvin
President & CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority

Henry Tisdale, PhD
President Emeritus
Claflin University

Ex-Officio Members and Designees

Donna Arnett, PhD
Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost
University of South Carolina

Robert H. Jones Jr., PhD
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Clemson University

Rusty Monhollon, PhD
President and Executive Director
SC Commission on Higher Education

Lisa K. Saladin, PhD
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Medical University of South Carolina

Michael M. Shetterly
Ogletree Deakins
President, GSSM Foundation Board of Directors 

Ellen Weaver
Superintendent of Education
South Carolina Department of Education

David Tedeschi, PhD - designee for Dr. Donna Arnett
Physics and Astronomy Professor
University of South Carolina

Cynthia Y. Young, PhD - designee for Dr. Robert H. Jones
Dean, College of Science & Mathematical & Statistical Sciences
Clemson University

Argentini Anderson, PhD - designee for Dr. Rusty Monhollon
Assistant Director, Academic Affairs 
SC Commission on Higher Education 

Dr. Jane E. Joseph, PhD - designee for Dr. Lisa Saladin
Professor, Dept. of Neurosciences Director of the Neuroimaging Division
Medical University of South Carolina

Stephanie DiStasio - designee for Ellen Weaver
Director, Personalized Learning
South Carolina Department of Education


"A substantial amount of resources in public education are focused on 'raising the floor' and that is a well constituted and important goal. But what has drawn me to the Governor's School for the past 15 years, is that it is focused on 'raising the ceiling' for some of South Carolina's best students."

Bob Brown, President, Board of Trustees

Meeting Schedule

The GSSM Board holds four meetings each calendar year. Pursuant to the bylaws, special meetings may also be called. For all meetings, public notice will be posted in accordance with state regulations.

View all Board of Trustees 2023 Meeting Dates.


The GSSM Board of Trustees will meet at 9:00 am on Friday, September 8, 2023 in Hartsville, SC. 

Click here for the meeting agenda.