Governor's School Welcomes New President!

Governor's School Welcomes New President!

Cedric Adderley, D.M.A., has been named the 4th President of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. A Columbia, SC native, Dr. Adderley comes to the Governor’s School from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as Dean of the College.


“Dr. Adderley is just the right president for the Governor’s School for the Arts at this point in its development,” said Dick Elliott, vice chairman of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Presidential Search Committee. “Retiring President Bruce Halverson has done a wonderful job steering us through the recession, recruiting gifted students from all over South Carolina, and setting high standards for artistic and academic achievement. Dr. Adderley has the experience, talent, and motivation to build on that success and carry us forward.”


Prior to his appointment at Capital University, he served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. Dr. Adderley also taught at Benedict College in Columbia and North Carolina A&T State University and provided leadership for the bands programs. He taught in South Carolina public schools for several years and served as director of various musical ensembles.


An accomplished composer and music educator, Dr. Adderley earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of South Carolina with additional studies at Harvard University and DePaul University. He has significant experience in accreditation related activities and has published, composed, and recorded extensively.


Dr. Adderley’s appointment is the culmination of an extensive, national search directed by consultant Martin Baker of Baker and Associates. “The position attracted a great deal of interest, requiring the Search Committee to engage in a thorough and thoughtful process,” Elliott said. “In the end Dr. Adderley stood out for his track record as a strong academic leader and his understanding of the mission of the Governor’s School for the Arts as a public residential high school dedicated to educating the artistically gifted students of South Carolina.”


He has earned numerous accolades throughout the United States including winning the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's annual composer search for his Symphony No.1 and being selected as Composer of the Year by the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.