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Four Finalists Named For Spartanburg District Five Superintendent

The Spartanburg District Five Board of Trustees has named four finalists in its search to find the next Superintendent for District Five Schools.  The announcement comes following an exhaustive search, that began with gathering input from key stakeholders, including district employees, students, parents, and community members.

With the assistance of an executive search firm, Coleman Lew Canny Bowen, the board contacted hundreds of potential candidates nationwide, and received applications from highly qualified leaders in at least 6 different states.  “The Board has been diligent and thorough during this process, and is pleased with the high quality of candidates we received,” said Board Chairman Rick Eitel.  “We believe this is a testament to the excellence of District Five.  Our committed teachers, staff and administrators do incredible work every day, and this attracts great candidates who want to be a part of this kind of district.”

The four finalists include:

Phillip Davie Mr. Phillip Davie is currently the Associate Superintendent for Operations for Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC.  He previously served as Assistant Superintendent for School Administrative Support and Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership over Middle Schools.  Mr. Davie began his career as a middle school math teacher at Drayton Hall Middle School in Charleston.  From there, he spent two years teaching middle school math in his hometown of Anniston, AL, before returning to South Carolina as a teacher at Bryson Middle School in Greenville County.   In 1999, Mr. Davie was named Principal of Fountain Inn Elementary School, where he served for 5 years.  Following his time at Fountain Inn, he served as Principal of James Island Middle School in Charleston.  In 2007, he was called back to Greenville County to lead Bryson Middle School in Simpsonville as Principal.  Six years later, Mr. Davie was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at the District Office.  He is currently pursuing his doctorate, and has his Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Furman, his Masters in School Administration from Clemson, and a Bachelors degree in Education from Jacksonville State University.



Randall Gary Dr. Randall Gary is currently Superintendent of Lexington School District Three, in Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Gary served as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Administration in Lexington Three.  Dr. Gary began his career as a 6th grade honors math teacher at Dent Middle School in Columbia, SC.  He was promoted to Dean of Students in 1997, and then Assistant Principal at Dent a year later.  He was named Principal in 2001, and held that role for 12 years. Dr. Gary earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, his Masters in Education from the University of South Carolina, and his Bachelors in Science and Civil Engineering Technology from South Carolina State University.



 Corey Murphy Dr. Corey Murphy is currently the Chief of Staff for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools in Williamsburg, VA.  Previously, he was Principal at Beaufort High School in Beaufort SC and Great Falls High School in Chester County, SC.  He also served as Assistant Principal at Camden High School in Camden, SC.  He began his career as a high school science teacher, teaching chemistry to students at Eau Clare High School in Columbia, SC and biology to students in the SC Department of Juvenile Justice.  Dr. Murphy has also served our nation as an officer in the United States Army Reserve.  Dr. Murphy earned both his Ph.D. and Specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.  He also has his Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision and his Bachelors in Biology from USC.



Gregg Slate Dr. Greggory (Gregg) Slate is currently the Senior Director of Secondary Schools and Administration for Rockingham County Schools in Rockingham, NC.  Prior to this post, Dr. Slate served as Executive Director of Student Services, District Safety and Emergency Management in Guilford County, NC.  He also served as Principal of Eastern Guilford High School in Guilford County, and an Assistant Principal at two other schools in that same district.  He began his career as a high school AP and Honors World History, Civics and Economics teacher at Lexington Senior High School in Lexington, NC.  Dr. Slate earned is Doctorate in Education and Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.  He has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Bachelors in Art History from High Point University.


Each finalist will spend two days in the district over the coming weeks touring schools and meeting with district leaders, teachers, staff, and the public.  “Meet and Greet” events will also be held for each candidate, so employees, students, parents, and community members have a chance hear from the finalists, and ask questions.

These events will be held on April 17, 23, 24, and 25 in the cafeteria at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts from 4:45-5:45 p.m.  A detailed schedule will be released as soon as it’s available.  District staff, students and all interested community members are encouraged to attend these events, and to submit feedback to the District Five Board of Trustees at

Following these events, each finalist will have a second interview with the Board of Trustees, prior to the Board making its selection for Superintendent.

Eitel said, “We are excited to introduce these finalists for Superintendent of District Five.  We’re proud of the tremendous history of improvement and achievement here, and we look forward to completing this process, and finding a leader to take District Five to the next level."