Charleston County School District superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators at their Innovative Ideas Institute in June. The annual award recognizes the lifetime achievement of veteran administrators.

Postlewait has served as CCSD superintendent for four years. She has 16 years experience as superintendent of two other school districts prior to coming to Charleston.

Her career also includes a term on the S.C. Board of Education, both as a member and as chair.

She has also served on the boards and in leadership roles in numerous state and national educational groups and organizations.

Each year SCASA selects exemplars of educational leadership to receive the SCASA lifetime achievement award. These leaders have dedicated their lives to educating South Carolina’s children, serving their communities, and providing an example for those who aspire to lead.

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait has spent her career devoted to the belief that providing opportunities for all students will evoke positive change for our communities, our state and our country.

Serving as a state board of education member, state board chair, teacher, district administrator and superintendent in Horry and Charleston counties; her leadership has led to gains in achievement, engagement and innovation. In Horry County, these initiatives included an early college high school, a scholars academy, STEM programs and a partnership with New Tech Network. Twice during her tenure as superintendent in Horry County, she was named State Superintendent of the Year.

Now in Charleston County, she has led the district to its first ever AdvancED accreditation. She has also increased student learning outcomes as measured by state and local assessments and broadened the opportunities for students through programs such as Project Lead the Way, internships, apprenticeships, the New Tech Network, Montessori and a newly implemented virtual school and distance learning program. She has been instrumental in work with TransformSC and national initiatives to realize the potential of every student.

She has served as president of the Superintendents’ Affiliate and has been a member of the Superintendents’ Affiliate executive committee for many years, while in Horry County and now in Charleston County. She was also instrumental in developing the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

“Dr. Postlewait has provided steadfast leadership to the districts she has served and to our state as a whole,” said SCASA executive director Beth Phibbs, “SCASA is honored to recognize the work she has done for students and teachers in South Carolina.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award selection committee uses the following criteria to choose the award recipients:

  • Evidence of outstanding leadership as an educational administrator.
  • A record of service and leadership as a member of SCASA and its affiliates.
  • Community service not directly related to the education profession.
  • Service to the profession above and beyond normal job responsibilities.

Postlewait was honored alongside other recipients on Wednesday, June 19, at the 2019 Innovative Ideas Institute, SCASA’s annual conference, before 1,700 school leaders. Each winner received a cash prize and commemorative plaque presented by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and a ring presented by Herff Jones.