Capital Projects Officer Gene Jackson graduates from Leadership South Carolina

May 11, 2018

Gene Jackson, Spartanburg Water Capital Projects Officer, recently graduated from Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most respected leadership development program. Graduates successfully completed more than 120 hours of instruction in issues facing South Carolina. 

To date, more than 2,000 leaders have graduated from Leadership SC, the only statewide program that explores the challenges facing our state with solutions for improvement.

“Leadership South Carolina was a great opportunity to see the challenges as well as the tremendous strengths we have in our state,” said Jackson. “We traveled around the state in nine months to learn more about our state's natural resources, economy, work force and public education to name a few”

As such, the orientation session for the nine-month program began in Columbia at the McCrady Army National Guard Training Center and subsequent sessions took place in locations across the state as it pertained to their specific topic. As the class members find inspiration in these individualized sessions, each program then culminates with a unique class project.

The Class of 2018 chose to assist Johnston, SC (Edgefield County) with the development of a town park  by establishing a walking trail, renovating and upgrading a community park and raising more than $65,000 in donations. During the past 15 years, class projects have raised nearly a $500,000 for the benefit of the Palmetto State, under the direction of Helen Munnerlyn, Executive Director.

As the only statewide leadership program that focuses on solutions for the entire state, Leadership SC has one primary goal - to positively impact South Carolina through education and awareness of the state’s most urgent challenges. For more information go to

ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of nearly 200,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community.