Fairfield school leader named SC Secondary Principal of the Year

December 12, 2023

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has named Dr. Tracie Swilley the 2024 South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year. Dr. Swilley is principal of Fairfield Central High School in the Fairfield County School District.

“We are excited to announce that Dr. Tracie Swilley has been named the SCASA Secondary Principal of the Year,” said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “She has earned a reputation for developing positive relationships with students, parents, and her community. Dr. Swilley works with her teachers to build an environment that encourages cooperation and personal growth—providing her faculty with an empowering atmosphere to better serve their students.”

Superintendent of the Fairfield County School District, Dr. J.R. Green added, “Dr. Swilley arrived at Fairfield Central High over a decade ago committed to creating a culture where students could thrive academically, athletically, and artistically. As superintendent, I have witnessed the outstanding leadership she has provided the students and staff of Fairfield Central High School. However, I have been even more impressed with her leadership through the lens of a parent who has had three daughters graduate during her tenure. She loves the students she has been given the privilege to serve and embraces her responsibility to produce not only good students, but good people. Dr. Swilley is a phenomenal leader who is most deserving of this recognition.”

Dr. Swilley was selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The other finalist for 2024 South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year was Dr. Jamal Sanders, principal of Great Falls High School in the Chester County School District. The criteria used in the selection of this award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The state sponsors are Horace Mann and Herff Jones.



SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 5,300 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.