A Conversation with Danny Dorsel, SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM)

January 18, 2022

One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in South Carolina. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs, invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and supportive academic environment.

This past summer, Danny Dorsel was appointed as president of GSSM. His ties to the school run deep as he is a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1990. That first graduating class consisted of 128 students. Today, through its various programs, GSSM serves over 4,000 students across the state. Strategy? Can the school double that impact across South Carolina over the next decade?

Below is a full audio version of our conversation with Danny Dorsel, President, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM). This podcast can also be found on the Who’sOnTheMove SC podcast which is available on Spotify and Apple.