Vince Ford

Non-partisan candidate for Richland County School Board District 1.



Occupation: Palmetto Health/Healthcare


Master of Arts Degree - Human Services (SC Sate University)

Bachelors of Arts Degree – Sociology (Benedict College)

Richland One District (Graduate)

Experience in Political or Related Positions:

Richland One School Board, Elected November 1992

Governor Hodges Education Transition Committee

Governor Sanford Education Transition Committee

President Pastides Advisory Committee, USC

Benedict College Board

Chaired African American Achievement Committee, Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum

Why should voters choose you in this election?

I am asking for voters to support my continuous leadership because I have made sure that "All means All'' – All children are educated at the highest level.  Academic Achievement has to be the highest priority, along with recruiting and retaining the best educators.  Those educators should be supported by pay, professional development, good classroom management training skills, creative and innovative curriculum, while also ensuring that all schools are a safety zone for students and teachers.

In addition, we must maintain sound fiscal management practices.  Richland One has had over 20 straight clean audits and as a result our credit rating is AA+,  which affords the district one of the best ratings in the state.

The district has maintained an excellent arts, foreign language, and athletics program that have given our students a competitive advantage.

Having help lead the district to create State of the Art facilities through two Bond Referenda was very important to our students and teachers.

Financially, I have been a voice for our students, teachers, and education over the years.  I was awarded the All State School Board Award, the National Association School Board Award, the Free Times top 50 Decision makers in the City of Columbia and most recently selected by AT&T to be on the S. C. African American Calendar that will be viewed by students and teachers all across South Carolina.  Also, I am proud to be the national volunteer of the year for the March of Dimes.