Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics Foundation announces new Board Member

February 4, 2021

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is pleased to welcome a new member to its Board of Directors.

Deborah DuRant Locklair is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for McLeod Health in Florence, SC.

The GSSM Foundation advocates for GSSM and provides funds and support to enhance its programs and students’ educational endeavors. The Foundation connects the School with a broad community and showcases GSSM’s contribution to quality of life and economic prosperity of South Carolina and beyond. Since its founding in 1988, the Foundation has provided over $23.5 million to support GSSM students and programs. The Foundation’s funding currently provides financial aid for residential and summer camp students, summer research, and global initiatives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Debbie Locklair to the Foundation Board,” said James Gergen, GSSM Foundation Board President. “Her wealth of expertise will greatly aid us in our mission, and she has already opened doors for GSSM students to conduct their summer research at McLeod Health. GSSM and the Foundation are grateful to McLeod Health for joining the numerous companies in South Carolina who support this exceptional school.”

Locklair joins thirty current members from across the state and country. Visit to see the full GSSM Foundation Board of Directors list. For more information, call the GSSM Foundation at (803) 252-9152.

About GSSM

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 the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential. Learn more by visiting