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Dr. Rick Maxey
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Dr. Rick Maxey

With 35 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership, Dr. Rick Maxey was appointed the Acting Superintendent of Horry County Schools (HCS) on January 1, 2015, and then was named Superintendent on June 15, 2015. Dr. Maxey was the Deputy Superintendent for HCS for more than three years, where he supervised district operations in the areas of facilities, food services, student affairs, and transportation.

He has also served in other leadership roles at the district level for HCS, including Principal Specialist for Support Services, where he supervised the Department of Special Education, Executive Director of Middle Schools, and Executive Director of High Schools.

Before he began working as a district-level administrator, Dr. Maxey was the principal of Conway High School from 2000-2005 and of Carolina Forest High School from1998-2000. He also served as assistant principal and technology coordinator at Loris High School after six years of teaching English at the school. Prior to beginning his career in secondary education, Dr. Maxey was an Instructor of English at both Presbyterian College and Clemson University. Dr. Maxey earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. He also earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from Clemson University.

Dr. Maxey and his wife, Vencie, are career educators. They are the parents of two adult sons, Will and Hayden, both of whom are graduates of Carolina Forest High School.

Past AASA South Carolina Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2023 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year: Dr. Marcella Shaw

2021 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year: J.R. Green

About the Award:

The Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.

State-level winners are selected on the following criteria:

    • Leadership for Learning
    • Communication
    • Professionalism
    • Community Involvement

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