Dr. Stephen Hefner received his 8th Paul Harris Fellow award at the Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club meeting held on November 12th, 2014.  As a devoted Rotarian he continues to make a difference every day in our local club as well as in Rotary worldwide.  Dr. Hefner began his professional career as a high school teacher in his home state Missouri.  After serving our country in the Army, he earned a Master’s degree and doctorate at the University of South Carolina.  He joined Lexington-Richland Five school district as Superintendent in 2011 after 16 years of service in Richland School District Two.   He has earned many awards and accolades.  In 1995, he received the ‘Friend of Gifted Education’ Award from the SC Consortium for Gifted/Talented Education.   In 1997, he was named Educator of the Year by the SC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.  In 2002, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the SC Association of School Administrators.  He was honored as ‘Distinguished Citizen of the Year’ in 2013 by the local Boy Scouts of America organizaiton. In 2005, he received three national awards for his leadership in technology education.  He was one of 16 superintendents to receive the President’s Technology Award from the American Association of School Administrators, one of 10 superintendents to be named as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent by eSchool News and one of four superintendents to be named Leader of the Year by Technology and Learning magazine.  In 2009, Dr. Hefner received  the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have this outstanding community leader as a member of our club.  Thank you for your service Dr. Hefner.


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