Arlington, VA (PRWEB) December 18, 2012
Communities In Schools, the leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce the appointment of David Smalls as executive director for the new South Carolina state office.
“It is indeed an incredible opportunity to be involved in the development of a state office in South Carolina. Through the efforts and partnerships of businesses, community and governmental agencies, parents and volunteer organizations, our priority will be to strengthen and expand Communities In Schools in South Carolina so that more students will have the opportunity to achieve success in life,” said Smalls.
Prior to joining Communities In Schools, Smalls was the president and CEO of the Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce. Previously he spent 16 years in the banking industry in Texas and South Carolina, which culminated in his position as city executive for BB&T. Smalls currently serves on the boards of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the Coastal Community Foundation, the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the Colleton Museum and the Colleton Center. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina and graduated from the Institute for Organization Management at Colorado College.
“David has a proven record of leadership in the state of South Carolina. We look forward to the level of experience he will bring to our state office there,” said Communities In Schools President Daniel Cardinali.
Smalls will oversee operations for the state office and work with the board of directors to coordinate Communities In Schools operations statewide, developing close working relationships with the state’s local affiliates as well as with the entire Communities In Schools national network. More than 12,000 students currently receive services from local affiliates across the state.
About Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in nearly 2,700 schools, in the most challenged communities in 28 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.26 million young people and their families every year. It has become the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to both increase on-time graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. Visit our website at http://www.communitiesinschools.org