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Darlington’s Charles Govan sworn in as SCSBA President-Elect

COLUMBIA – Charles Govan, a member of the Darlington County Board of Education representing District Six, was installed as president-elect of the South Carolina School Boards Association’s (SCSBA) Board of Directors during Delegate Assembly, SCSBA’s annual business meeting, held Saturday, Dec. 2, in Charleston.
The South Carolina School Boards Association is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and as a statewide voice for boards governing the state’s 73 school districts.
"I am honored to serve as SCSBA President-Elect and represent Darlington County,” said Govan. “I am committed to working with the other board members as we address the educational needs of our students and school districts across the state.”
Govan has been a member of the Darlington County Board of Education for more than 23 years, serving as a board member, Chairman, and Secretary. He joins seven others elected to the SCSBA board by delegates hailing from the state’s 73 school boards.
The others include:

  • President, Michele Branning, Fort Mill School District
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Tim Rhodes, Abbeville County School District
  • Region 2 Director, Darlene Roberson, Charleston County School District
  • Region 3 Director, Kathy Anderson, Georgetown County School District
  • Region 7 Director, Gary Porth, Calhoun County School District
  • Region 8 Director, Cheryl Harris, Richland School District One
  • Region 15 Director, Glenda Morrison-Fair, Greenville County School District

Govan was educated at Christ the King Catholic School and Wilkinson High School (both in Orangeburg, SC) before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Claflin University and a master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. He also attended Francis Marion University, South Carolina State University, the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy and the S.C. Department of Corrections Academy.
He began his career in education in 1967 as a teacher and coach at Edgewood High School in Ninety-Six, S.C. From 1968-1991, Govan was employed with the Neighborhood Youth Corp. in Orangeburg, the S.C. Alcohol and Beverage Commission, the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Youth Services. In 1991, Govan decided to return to a career in education as a teacher and coach in Lee County School District. He retired from public service in 2007 as a teacher at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville.
He is married to Carolyn McCoy Govan, a former art teacher in the district, and has three daughters and four grandchildren, all who attended Darlington County School District. He also has 3 great grandchildren, one of whom currently attends school in the district.
Govan is a past member of the S.C. School Boards Insurance Trust (SCSBIT) Board of Directors. He was also recently appointed to the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA).