Meet The Superintendent
Dr. Randall Gary is in his 1st year as Superintendent of Spartanburg District Five Schools. He officially stepped into the role in July of 2019, and is thrilled to join the District Five family! A 1993 graduate of South Carolina State University, Dr. Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
Following a calling to the classroom, he pursued his certification in Elementary Education, and began his teaching career as a 6th grade honors math teacher at Dent Middle School in Columbia, S.C. He called Dent “home” for nearly 20 years, eventually being promoted to Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and then Principal at the school. During his 12 years as Principal, Dr. Gary established two new magnet programs at the school, including the state’s first single-gender program and the FAME (Fine Arts and Media Enrichment) program to increase student exposure to the arts and media literacy. Along the way, Dr. Gary earned his Masters in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
In 2013, the seasoned administrator moved to Lexington School District Three in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. to take on the role of Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Administration. Just two years later, in July of 2015, he was tapped as Superintendent of Lexington Three. During his tenure as Superintendent, Dr. Gary worked to implement the district’s first one-to-one technology initiative in grades 1-12, instituted multiple choice program options for students, including the e21 Early College and Montessori programs, and expanded Career and Technology Education (CATE) offerings in the district, working hand in hand with the State Department and neighboring school districts. Under his guidance, the district’s elementary school, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary, was recognized as a Palmetto’s Finest school in 2018, making history as Lexington Three’s first school to ever earn the prestigious honor.
Dr. Gary is a member of the South Carolina and American Association of School Administrators, and was named a Diversity Leaders Initiative Fellow by the Riley Institute in 2018. Aside from his work in education, he has also been an active member of his community, serving with the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Batesburg-Leesville Economic Development Committee.
He and his wife, Robin, are the proud parents of two children, McKenzie and Randall Jr. (Randy), who will both be students in District Five this year.