GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 6, 2016) — Ellen Weaver, Founding President and CEO of the Palmetto Promise Institute, has been appointed to serve as the newest member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Weaver was appointed as Senator John Courson’s business representative, replacing the un-expired term of Deb Marks.
Weaver received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bob Jones University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. From 2001 to 2013, Weaver worked in the offices of former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. She served as State Director of Sen. DeMint’s Columbia-based office from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, she worked in Washington, DC for DeMint while he was a senator and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A resident of Columbia, Weaver currently leads the Palmetto Promise Institute, a non-profit policy education organization launched in 2013. She also currently serves on Superintendent Molly Spearman’s Read to Succeed Advisory Panel.
Weaver is member of the Columbia Rotary Club International as well as First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, dog lover and musician who loves to travel.
“Every student deserves the opportunity of an education that meets their unique needs and equips them to reach their full potential,” stated Weaver. “South Carolina is at a critical crossroads in achieving that vision: we must innovate to empower students, parents and teachers or our state and future will stagnate. I’m eager to partner with EOC members and staff in this vital work and thank Senator Courson for the opportunity to serve.”
Information provided by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.