Charleston County Superintendent Nancy McGinley has been named South Carolina’s Arts Administrator of the Year for her continued commitment to arts education.

The award was presented on Friday in Columbia by the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education, which is part of the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.

“Her efforts to advance learning in and through the arts for all Charleston County students is commendable and deserves recognition,” said Eve Walling-Wohlford, executive director for the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education, in a statement.

McGinley received the honor for her work in building and supporting the role of arts in Charleston. She has been instrumental in adding four creative arts schools to the district’s roster — E.B. Ellington Elementary in Ravenel, downtown Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts, Jennie Moore Elementary in Mount Pleasant, and North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary – and she supported the creation of the public-private venture Engaging Creative Minds, which aims to give third- through sixth-grade students in the tri-county area more access to the arts during and after school.

She also has been supportive of the Charleston Marathon, which benefits the district’s arts education programs, as well as the rebuilding of the Gaillard Center. Her hope is to have all district students attend performances there.

“Never have I felt the support of the arts as I feel with Dr. McGinley as our leader,” said former Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Principal Jayne Ellicott, in a statement. “She truly understands the arts and the impact they have on all children.”

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