Calvin “Chip” Jackson was elected to Richland County Council District 9 in November 2016 and begin serving his first four-year term in January 2017. He retired as the chief operating officer for administration at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road on Dec. 31, 2016, however he continues to serve as administrative consultant to the progressive ministry of more than 14,000 members. Mr. Jackson concluded his second term on the Richland School District Two Board of Trustees in November 2016. He serves on the senior advisory board for the College of Education at Clemson University, and he previously served as chair of the external advisory board for the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University from 2004-2016.
Mr. Jackson served as a deputy superintendent at the South Carolina Department of Education from 1999-2005. Prior to working at the department, he was director of the downtown Palmer Campus of Trident Technical College (TTC). Before his career at TTC, he was the college registrar at the College of Charleston. His career in higher education began at the University of South Carolina as an admissions officer.
Mr. Jackson has coauthored two books. He served as a member of the National Advisory Committee to develop the new South Carolina student assessment (PASS). Mr. Jackson is the 2009 recipient of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention.
Mr. Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in public administration/public policy from the University of Charleston. He is married to Patricia, a teacher at Ridge View High School in Columbia. They have two adult children who graduated from Clemson University.