Richland One Principal named top administrator by State Educational Office Professionals Association

December 15, 2021

Southeast Middle School Principal Inger Ferguson has been named Educational Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals (SCAEOP).

Ferguson advanced to compete for the state-level honor after being named Administrator of the Year by the organization’s Richland County chapter.

“I am humbled and thankful for this recognition,” Ferguson said. “My daily goal is to have positive impact on the lives of students, parents, and faculty and staff members. Everyone matters and I’m never too busy to stop and listen to a concern or share a word of encouragement with others.”

Criteria used to judge candidates for the award include their support of educational office professionals and their experience and achievements in the educational field. Candidates also must have worked as educational administrators for at least five years.

Ferguson, who is in her sixth year as principal at Southeast Middle, has worked in Richland One for 23 years. She previously served as principal at Pine Grove Elementary School and as an assistant principal in Brennen Elementary School.