David Blackmon Named to South Carolina Board of Education

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David BlackmonHARTSVILLE, S.C. – Feb. 7, 2011 – David W. Blackmon of Hartsville has been named to the South Carolina Board of Education as a result of an election held by the Joint House and Senate Delegations from the 4th Judicial Circuit.  Blackmon will represent Darlington, Chesterfield, Dillon and Marlboro Counties on the State Board of Education. 

Blackmon presently serves as the higher education representative on the South Carolina Association of School Administrators Executive Board.

“I would like to express my appreciation to Senator Gerald Malloy and the members of the joint legislative delegations for this appointment,” Blackmon said. 

“I look forward to serving on the State Board of Education over the next four years and welcome the opportunity to represent the interests of public education in the 4th Judicial Circuit.”

A U.S. Army veteran, Blackmon held various positions during his thirty years with the Lancaster County School District.  He was a teacher, assistant principal and principal at the elementary level. Additionally, he is a former junior high school and high school principal, and district personnel director. Blackmon, a graduate of Camden High School, holds degrees from North Greenville University (A.A.), Carson-Newman College (B.S.) and the University of South Carolina (M.Ed. and Ph.D.).

Blackmon retired from the school district in 2000 and became a member of the Coker College faculty in the fall of 2001.  He retired as Professor of Education and Department Chair in December of 2009.  He is a past president of the South Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, former Chair of the Professional Review Committee and past Chair of the South Carolina Education Deans Alliance. 

He is married to Gay Stout Blackmon, retired counselor and administrator with both Lancaster and Darlington School Districts. The Blackmons have two daughters, Rebekah Steen of Columbia, S.C., and Rachel Reyes of Knoxville, Tenn., and two granddaughters.   His community involvement includes serving as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Byerly Foundation.  Blackmon’s personal interests include reading, fishing, collecting writing pens and photographing grandchildren.  


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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