Calvin “Chip” Jackson was elected to Richland County Council District 9 in November 2016 and began serving his first four-year term in January 2017. He served as the Chief Operating Officer for administration at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road from 2005 until December 2016. He continues to serve as Administrative Consultant to the progressive ministry of more than 14,000 members.
Mr. Jackson served eight years on the Richland School District 2 Board of Trustees, ending his term in November 2016. He served as Board Chairman for two terms. He serves on the senior advisory board for the College of Education at Clemson University. He previously served as chair of the external advisory board for the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson from 2004 to 2016.
Mr. Jackson served as Deputy Superintendent with the S.C. Department of Education from 1999 to 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 also served for more than 10 years on the South Carolina After-School Alliance. He served as the chair of the Alliance for the majority of this time.
Mr. Jackson has co-authored two books. He served as a member of the National Advisory Committee to develop the new S.C. Student Assessment (PASS). Mr. Jackson is the recipient of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention. He is the current Secretary for the S.C. County Council Coalition.
Mr. Jackson earned a 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 retired professional educator and teacher at Ridge View High School in Columbia. They have two adult children who both graduated from Clemson.