Kathy Hipp

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2021

Upstate educator named South Carolina Superintendent of the Year

Columbia, SC—Anderson School District 3 Superintendent, Mrs. Kathy Hipp, has been named the 2022 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). The 2022 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year represents the state for the duration of the 21–22 school year and will compete for the National Superintendent of the Year Award this fall. Mrs. Hipp will also be recognized at the 2022 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference in February 2022.

“The Anderson 3 Board of Trustees and I are incredibly proud of our district superintendent, Mrs.
Kathy Hipp. Her passionate leadership has driven the district's success over the last five years,” said Anderson School District 3 Board Chairman, Tripp Bouknight. “The Anderson 3 Board of Trustees loves and supports Mrs. Hipp, and it is with great pride we congratulate her on this astounding achievement.”

Mrs. Hipp is an active member of the SCASA Superintendents’ Affiliate and participant in the Center for Executive Education Leadership (CEEL) Superintendents’ Program. She has spent her entire career—from student, to teacher, to superintendent—dedicated to the Anderson District 3 community. As superintendent, Mrs. Hipp has focused on ensuring exceptional educational opportunities for the district’s students in poverty, enhancing the district’s capacity for technology-based instruction, and expanding technology utilization in the classroom.

Elizabeth “Beth” A. Phibbs, Executive Director of SCASA, states, "Mrs. Hipp believes that every
student should have the best educational experience possible. She is a visionary who is dedicated to her community and has worked tirelessly to expand opportunities for the students in Anderson School District 3. We are delighted to honor her as the 2022 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year.”

Dr. Ron Garner, Superintendent of Spartanburg School District 1, is also a finalist for the award. Candidates participated in an application and interview process conducted by a team of South Carolina business, education, and community leaders.

Mrs. Hipp will be recognized throughout the year for her accomplishments. Moseley Architects
supports this award by providing a scholarship to the winner’s district to be used to assist a student or teacher with professional development or college courses. 

SCASA is the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 4,500. From leadership 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.