Sandy Addis has been named director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University.

Sandy Addis has been named director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University.

CLEMSON — Sandy Addis has been named director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University.

Addis joined the NDPC/N staff as associate director in 2013, bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, system-level administrator and regional educational service agency director.

Addis has administered a variety of dropout prevention initiatives throughout his career, including after-school programs, counseling and service-learning. A former alternative school principal, he has authored grant proposals to fund summer programs, professional learning, family engagement and character education. He also served as an adjunct instructor at several South Carolina and Georgia colleges and trained school boards and school systems on policy and leadership development.

“I am fortunate to be associated with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, our nation’s oldest and most utilized dropout prevention resource,” Addis said. “Clemson University established the NDPC/N in 1986 to address a critical issue. Today, more than 1,000 educators, community leaders and decision-makers look to us each day for information to improve graduation rates. We are committed to continue Clemson’s tradition of national service in the area of dropout prevention.”

“We are pleased that the NDPC/N has named Dr. Addis to this important leadership position,” said George Petersen, founding dean of Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, which houses the center. “He is uniquely suited to lead the NDPC/N’s work in dropout prevention and support our efforts to serve underserved individuals, schools and communities.”

Addis earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a master’s degree in education from Clemson University and a doctorate in education from S.C. State University. He has also served on numerous professional boards, testified before legislative committees and recently chaired the Educator Ethics Task Force of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

With a mission of increasing graduation rates, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and variety of professional development activities and conferences.

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