Two administrators from Kershaw County and Lexington-Richland 5 have been honored for their longstanding excellence in and to commitment to education.

Connie Long, Kershaw County assistant superintendent for human resources, and Reggie Dean, Lexington-Richland 5 director of secondary education, are two of three recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the S.C. Association of School Administrators.

The award recognizes the achievements of veteran administrators and is based on evidence of outstanding leadership as an administrator, service within SCASA, community service not directly related to education, and professional service above and beyond normal job responsibilities.

Long has worked in Kershaw County since September 2007.

She was president of SCASA in 2012-13 and chaired the organization’s personnel division two years earlier. She has served as the president of the S.C. Network of Women Administrators in Education and has been featured in JET Magazine.

Before coming to Kershaw County, Long was an assistant superintendent with the Beaufort County Schools and previously was an education associate with the S.C. Department of Education where she directed the S.C. Principal Evaluation Program.

Long also served as an assistant principal and principal in Richland 1 and as an elementary teacher in Rock Hill and Chester counties.

“Dr. Long’s achievements in Kershaw County have been many and significant,” Kershaw County superintendent, Frank E. Morgan, wrote in Long’s recommendation letter. “She has completely modernized our human resources operation. Our teacher recruitment process is much stronger because of Dr. Long’s efforts.”

Dean currently serves as director of secondary education for Lexington-Richland 5, where he’s responsible for supporting, promoting and assessing academic progress at the secondary school level.

Prior to joining District 5 in 2010, Dean was the principal at Camden High School for 16 years. He was named South Carolina High School Principal of the Year by SCASA in 2004 and was twice named Kershaw County Principal of the Year.

“Reggie’s career is also one of service to South Carolina,” Lexington-Richand 5 superintendent, Steve Heffner, wrote in Dean’s recommendation letter. “He has dedicated his life’s work to helping teachers and students.”

Sandra Welch from Greenville County Schools was the third recipient of the 2014 SCASA Lifetime Achievement Award.

All three winners will receive a monetary honorarium from the S.C. Association of Governmental Organizations.

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