A Spartanburg One school leader has been named among the top principals in the state by the South Carolina Administrators Association (SCASA). Dr. Andrew McMillan, principal of Chapman High School, was named the 2022 South Carolina Secondary Level Principal of the Year, during a surprise announcement at his school on December 7. McMillan has served as the principal of Chapman High School since 2018.
Spartanburg One Superintendent, Dr. Ron Garner, said, “Dr. McMillan is an outstanding principal who has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership in his role as principal of Chapman High School. He has established a standard of excellence among CHS students and staff that promotes a culture of success and I am thrilled for Dr. McMillan and his entire family for earning this most prestigious recognition."
McMillan earned a bachelor’s degree in History at Newberry College in 2005, a Master’s of Education from Southern Wesleyan University in 2008, an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision degree from Converse College in 2013, and a doctorate of education in educational administration from South Carolina State University in 2016.
McMillan began his career in education teaching Social Studies in Lexington School District One. McMillan spent two years as an assistant principal at Campobello Gramling School before becoming an assistant principal at Chapman High School. McMillan served as an assistant principal for four years at Chapman.
“This wouldn’t be possible without our incredible faculty, staff, students, and community. There are many great leaders across our state, and to even be considered for this award is an honor. There are so many leaders who have poured into me throughout my career, and this recognition is only possible because of them. This is a dream come true,” said Principal Dr. Andrew McMillan.
Under the leadership of McMillan, Chapman High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2020. In 2019, he was named the Outstanding Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Art Education Association.
SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,200 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.