Dr. Edward Anderson recognized as one of Greenville’s Best & Brightest
Dr. Edward Anderson, executive director of United Way’s OnTrack Greenville, has been recognized as one of Greenville Business Magazine’s 2021 Best and Brightest 35 and Under for his efforts to keep Greenville County students on track to an on-time graduation.
“Edward’s leadership is invaluable not only to OnTrack and United Way, but our entire community,” said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “His work is truly shaping the future of Greenville County, one student and one family at a time.”
OnTrack Greenville is a school-based community collaboration that reaches more than 4,000 students each year across four middle schools and two high schools. The program’s vision is to create a Greenville County where all students have the tools and opportunities to achieve their full potential, graduate from high school, and become contributing members of their communities.
Outside of his work with OnTrack Greenville, Anderson is a member of BOLD Leadership Consultants, a collaborative group of African American education professionals.
Prior to joining United Way and OnTrack Greenville, Anderson served as principal at Tanglewood Middle School for three years, where he led his school to its first “average” report card rating for two consecutive years. In 2020, Tanglewood was the recipient of the Riley Institute’s Valued Lives Award for its work in diversity efforts.
Anderson is the 2017 recipient of the Urban League of the Upstate’s Talented Tenth, the 2019 recipient of the Xanthene Norris’ Educational Achievement Award, the 2020 Omega Psi Phi – Mu Pi Chapter Citizen of the Year, 2020 SC Black Pages 40 Under 40, and 2020 Riley Fellow as a graduate of Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Institute. In his second year of teaching, he was named Greenville County School’s Emerging Teacher of the Year, and school-level teacher of the year by his fourth year.
Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Trust of South Carolina and is an active member of United Way of Greenville County’s African American Leadership Greenville (AALG) and Young Leaders Society (YLS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Level Education, an elementary and secondary endorsement in principalship, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Technology.
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