Cheryl Hinton Harris, a member of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners, was elected president of the South Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members during the association’s annual meeting on December 6, 2019. She was officially installed on January 9, 2020 by Vince Ford, who served on the Richland One board for 24 years.
Harris has served on the Richland One Board of School Commissioners for seven years – two as the Board’s secretary and four as chairwoman. She is the longest-serving female chairwoman and African-American woman in district history. She currently serves as parliamentarian. During her tenure on the Board, Harris has reached Level 6 of the South Carolina School Boards Association’s Boardmanship Institute, which is the highest level obtainable.
With a master's degree in business administration/human resources from South University, Harris has more than 22 years of business experience serving as a human resource specialist and in labor negotiations. A 1990 graduate of Lower Richland High School, she is a proud product of Richland One. She served as a district volunteer for more than 13 years prior to being elected to the Board of School Commissioners in 2012. She represents Election District 4 on the Board.
Harris is a member of several civic and religious organizations and associations, including the Board of Directors for W.L. Bonner College in Columbia, the EngenuitySC Board of Directors, the National Dropout Prevention Network at Clemson University, the Council of Urban Boards of Education, the National School Boards Association, the South Carolina Association of Black Educators and the South Carolina School Boards Association.
She is a member of Refuge Temple Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Southern Regional Headquarters in Columbia, and her pastor is Bishop Sylvester K. Reid. She works with the music ministry, serving as president of the choir and as choir mother to the youth choir. She is married to Robert Harris and they have four children: Megan (Efosa), Chandel, Evani and Robert Jordan.
Along with Harris serving as president of the South Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members, Richland School District Two board member James Shadd will serve as vice president; Marion County School District board member Ogleretta White will serve as secretary; and Lee County School District board member Queenie Boyd will serve as treasurer.