Meet Dr. Carlos Grant
Dr. Carlos C. Grant was born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Education from South Carolina State University, Masters of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University, and Educational Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Superintendency from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
He started his educational career as a high school science teacher. His educational leadership journey includes serving as an assistant principal, academic director of a South Carolina K-12 public-charter school, and principal of two high schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He currently serves as the Principal of Wade Hampton High School (Greenville) which is one of the highest performing high schools in South Carolina. Under his leadership, the school was named 2020 and 2021 U.S. News and World Reports “Best High School” ranked #1 in Greenville and Upstate South Carolina.
In addition to his service as a K-12 educational leader, he is co-founder and consultant of BOLD Leadership Network which is a collaborative group of school leaders that provide strategies, partnerships, and programming for Black leaders in education to advance equity and opportunities for all students and communities. The year 2014 marked the first time that more students of color than whites were enrolled in American public schools. Yet according to the national data, black male educators still only make up a mere 2% of the workforce. Research shows that having just one black educator in elementary school for black males may reduce the risk of dropping out by 39%. Black male educators can make all the difference. The BOLD Leadership Network is committed to making a positive impact on the greater community by providing customized fellowship programming and an affinity group for Black male educators, expert-level consultancy for organizations, and community wide conversations to highlight the part we all play in improving experiences for all our neighbors.
He resides in Duncan, SC. He and his wife, Michelle, have two wonderful children, Cameron (17) and Cayden (15). Beyond being an avid golfer and reader, he spends a tremendous amount of time in community activism through his involvement with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.