Jolene Madison has been named president of the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind. She brings 25 years of experience in special education to the position and has served as the school’s director of education and special education services since 2018.

Jolene Madison

“I am honored to be selected as the next president of the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind,” Madison said. “I look forward to building upon our rich heritage and furthering the mission of SCSDB through innovative, accessible educational programming provided in a safe, inclusive environment on campus and through the Division of Outreach’s continued partnerships with local school districts across the state.”

Prior to her most recent position, Madison served as the school’s director of special education services and as compliance coordinator. Before coming to SCSDB in 2014, she worked for Greenville County Schools as a compliance and monitoring coordinator, coordinator of autism services/behavior specialist, and special education teacher. She also worked as an administrative assistant principal and a special education teacher in School District 5 of Lexington and Richland.

Madison is currently pursuing a doctorate at Clemson University. She holds an educational specialist degree as well as superintendent and principal certifications from Arkansas State University. She completed a master’s degree in education from Southern Wesleyan University and earned certification in special education from Clemson University. She completed a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Bob Jones University.

“We are delighted to have a new president with extensive experience in special education and related services as well as educational administration,” said Scott Brawley, chairman of the SCSDB Board of Commissioners. “We are excited by Jolene’s vision for the students and staff, and we look forward to working with her to serve individuals throughout South Carolina.”