Dr. Mason Gary, Principal of Palmetto High School in Anderson School District One, has been selected as the South Carolina Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Educational Office Professionals (SCAEOP).
He received a plaque at SCAEOP’s awards luncheon on March 3, in Myrtle Beach. He was chosen over a list of candidates for his continued support of educational office professionals, his outstanding achievements in the educational field, leadership and responsibility.
Dr. Gary has served as principal at Palmetto High School for the past 13 years. He has worked in District One for 18 years. Before coming to District One, he worked in District Two as a teacher, coach and administrative assistant. Dr. Gary holds a Ph.D. from Clemson University. He also teaches as an adjunct professor for Clemson, Southern Wesleyan, and Anderson Universities.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from SCAEOP. This organization represents office professionals who are dedicated, professional, and are the heartbeat of the organizations they represent and I am proud of my association with them. I heard once to ‘love what you do, why you do it, and who you do it with.’ I love my office professionals and I am grateful and blessed to work with such a great faculty and to be honored likewise by such a great organization,” stated Dr. Gary.
Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent of Anderson One said, “I was proud to learn that Dr. Gary was named state administrator of the year. He exemplifies the character of a true leader. Under Dr. Gary’s leadership, Palmetto High School has been rated an excellent high school by the state.”
SCAEOP is dedicated to promoting recognition of the contributions of office professionals and to elevating the standards of educational office professionals within the state thereby improving the quality of service to school and community.