School District Five names new principal for the Academy For Success

Lexington-Richland School District Five has named veteran administrator Patrice Brand the new principal of the Academy For Success.

Brand has served as assistant principal of instruction at the Academy For Success since 2019. Prior to that job, she served as assistant principal at a middle school and a high school in Charlotte, N.C. She replaces Danielle Major-Murphy, who was named the new principal of Irmo Middle School. Brand was approved for her new post during a school board meeting on July 13.

Brand has been an educator for more than 20 years, starting her career in North Carolina as a biology, physical science and earth science instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lees-McRae College in North Carolina. Brand also earned her master’s degree in administration from Gardner-Webb University in 2006.

“In our school district, we ask our staff to be intentional and realize the impact they have on students, on the community and on each other,” said Dr. Christina Melton, School District Five Superintendent. “When we look at Ms. Brand’s body of work, we know she is someone who embodies the idea of intention and positive impact. We’re excited to have her in this new role. Congratulations to Ms. Brand.”