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Board of Directors

Every aspect of Richland County Public Education Partners was formed with collaboration in mind, including the makeup of the board.

The membership of the board is divided equally among the county’s school districts. The superintendents of each district and the chairperson of each school district’s board are invited as ex-officio members of RCPEP’s board.

Baron Davis

An educator for more than 20 years, Dr. Baron R. Davis is Superintendent of Richland School District Two and the first African American to hold this position.

Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Francis Marion University. From the University of South Carolina, he earned master’s degrees in school counseling and educational administration, and Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in educational counseling. He holds superintendent, school counseling, secondary principal and secondary supervision certifications. In addition to his formal educational training, Dr. Davis has participated and completed numerous educational leadership programs offered through the South Carolina Department January 23, 2019 of Education including the Tapping Executive Educators Program, the School Leadership Executive Institute and the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program, and the Riley Institute at Furman University Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Dr. Davis, a Columbia native, is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. He and his wife, Pamela, have two daughters who attend school in Richland Two and another who recently graduated from a district high school.

Falicia Harvey

Falicia Harvey, Ph.D. is currently the Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Curriculum at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Columbia). She has worked in education for 26 years including public and private higher education, state education agencies and a school district. Dr. Harvey’s professional work includes various experiences in teacher education as the Coordinator of South Carolina’s alternative teacher certification programs at the South Carolina Department of Education and as the Head of the Division of Education at Columbia College. She has researched, written, and interpreted education policy and regulations. Dr. Harvey earned her bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University in Forensic and Public Address and her Masters and Doctorate from the University of South Carolina in Higher Education. She and her husband, Chip, have a daughter who graduated from Dreher High School and now attends the University of South Carolina and a son currently attending Dreher High School. She is passionate about equal public education opportunities for all students.

Sam McQuilin

Sam is faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He is an expert in youth mentoring and program evaluation. Sam studies how schools and communities can work together to promote emotional, behavioral, and academic wellness in children who are environmentally or developmentally at-risk. His work focuses on translating theories of child development to pragmatic prevention and intervention strategies. As faculty in the School Psychology Ph.D. program, he helps prepare future scientist-practitioners who want to work with school-aged children and their caregivers. After graduating, Sam’s doctoral students have been employed in hospitals, academic research settings, private practice, and K-12 school settings.

Johnny Ray Noble

Reverend Johnny Ray Noble, Ph.D. is the pastor of Second Nazareth Baptist Church, Columbia, SC. Rev. Noble, is a gifted pastor, passionate leader, social activist, orator, prolific writer, and educator. He answered the call to ministry at the tender age of sixteen. He is engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice, and committed to economic empowerment in under-served communities. He has touched and transformed the lives of the disenfranchised through military service and 27 years of ministry in diverse locations. His involvement in the Columbia community and service on various boards and commissions has earned him respect as "the people's pastor." He has earned a BSOE with honors in Business Management, an MA in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Currently, he is pursuing a D.Min at South University.

Cody Smith

Cody was born in Columbia, South Carolina is a proud graduate of Richland 1 and a father of 4. He lives in downtown Columbia and his children attend school in Richland 1. Cody is a Member at Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn LLC. Cody’s primary practice area is the commercial real estate with a focus on the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries. Prior to joining Rogers Lewis, Cody served as a Staff Attorney with the South Carolina Court of Appeals and practiced at the Pennington Law Firm.

Joel Smith

Joel spent nearly 30 years with Bank of America, advancing from his initial role as credit analyst to President of Bank of America East. Following his retirement from Bank of America in 2000, he was named Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. During his seven-year tenure, the Moore School reached record levels in international rankings, enrollment and academic achievements. He retired in 2008 and was named Dean Emeritus. Joel has also been a visionary leader in the not-for-profit sector and a champion for vital issues such as economic development, education and the arts across South Carolina. Among the many honors he has received for his professional achievements and civic leadership, Joel was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award, in 2003, was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2001 and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the United Way of the Midlands in 2000. Joel holds a political science degree from the University of the South and graduated from the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He served as a member of the United States Navy and Naval Reserves, retiring in 1987 with the rank of Commander.

Troy Sheppard

Troy grew up in North Carolina and graduated North Carolina A&T State University in 1984. For well over a decade Troy has managed a number of financial institutions. Currently, he is the owner and mortgage loan originator at i3 Mortgage, LLC.

Robert Tyson

Rob, a member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, practices in the areas of business litigation, regulatory, and governmental law. Rob attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he received his J.D. in 1987. Rob received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1983. Rob has represented clients before the South Carolina Supreme Court and other levels of federal and state courts and has appeared before many local and state government entities. Rob also is a certified mediator.

Rob has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar since 2010 and has been active on a number of committees, ranging from Professional Responsibility to the Government Law Section. Rob also served on the Richland One School Board of Commissioners for six years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

A native of Jackson, MS, Rob is married to Irene Tyson and has four daughters.