BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County school board has selected Dr. Eddie Ingram as the new superintendent.
Ingram and his family were present during the announcement Tuesday night. Ingram has been in the educational field for 37 years.
He is currently the superintendent of Darlington Schools in South Carolina.
As part of Ingram's employment agreement he will serve a three year term, that can be renewed annually.
Ingram will receive a base salary of $205,000 with a relocation expense of $10,000, and a monthly vehicle allowance of $900 per month.
Ingram said he believes a common vision should be developed by a team not one person.
"Coming in here like a knight in shining armor saying, 'I'm going to fix this is not an effective approach. I believe we lead through knowledge and influence not position power," Ingram said.
Ingram will start his new job on Aug. 21, and said he's prepared to lead the district.
"The community has some challenges; the school board has some challenges and I think I'm well positioned to help them do that," Ingram said.
Specifically, Ingram said the issue of growth is a good problem to have, but a complex one that he looks forward to tackling.
"I'm sure we already have one but I think we can't afford to set a plan for five or ten years and set it on a shelf because conditions and things change so rapidly that we're always going to have to respond to that change," Ingram said.
Ingram's new appointment comes after the district's former superintendent Brenda Blackburn resigned in March amid an investigation into the school district.
Ingram said he's ready to build back trust that may have been lost in the district.
"I think it's one day at a time, one person at a time," Ingram said. "I think when you tell the truth, that you're transparent if some reason you can't say something because of confidentially law or whatever then you just say that. I've always found that the truth always works remarkably well. There are darn few problems that can't be solved by people working up their sleeves and working together."
Ingram said he plans to resign as Darlington Schools superintendent on Wednesday morning.
"I can't wait to get started," Ingram said.