Mr. Crawford brings extensive knowledge of South Carolina public charter schools to GMC. Prior this appointment in July 2018, he helped the Legacy Early College Schools to achieve national prominence in cognitive development and wellness of students, improved the academic achievement, established teacher career advancement opportunities and performance payouts, and more than doubled student enrollments to become the largest Title I school in the Greenville County. Legacy made significant progress toward their mission to provide quality educational experiences for under-served students to both attend and finish college. This early college program established multiple higher education partners and 100 percent of Legacy graduates have been accepted to college under his stewardship, Mr. Crawford is an education veteran with a proven track record of success in guiding charter schools. From 2002 until 2012 he served as Principal/Chief Executive Officer of Greenville Technical Charter High School. During his tenure, GTCHS became the first charter school in South Carolina to be named a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. The school was also honored as a National Charter School of the Year by the Center for Education Reform and the school was recognized as Palmetto’s Finest. During his tenure at GTCHS, he severed on the planning committees to establish both Brashier Middle College and Greer Middle College at Greenville Technical College. Prior to GTCHS, Crawford served as Director of Secondary Education for the School District of Pickens County. He served as principal at J.L. Mann Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology for more than a decade. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in secondary education administration, his first job was as a Greenville County educator at Riverside High School, where he served as a teacher and coach. During his career he has also worked at Berea High School, Greenville High School, Tanglewood Middle School and Washington Center. Mr. Crawford continues be active in education leadership and reform efforts at the state and national levels, including the Middle College National Consortium, Coalition of Essential Schools, Annenberg Principals Institute at Brown University and the Principals’ Center at Harvard University. He and his wife, Debra, have three children and two grandchildren.