Dr. Oliver Johnson has been appointed to serve as a trustee on the Greenville Public School board for a five-year term beginning March 1.
The Greenville City Council voted 3-1 to appoint Johnson during its regular Tuesday meeting.
Councilmembers Tasha Banks and Al Brock abstained from the vote.
Council members Lurann Thomas-Kingdom, Lois Hawkins and James Wilson voted in favor of appointing Johnson, while councilman Vernon Greenlee was the dissenting vote.
Johnson contended with out-going trustee Shirley Cartlidge, who served on the board of trustees for six years, and Aubrey Thomas Jr. for the role.
The council heard from the then applicants during its Feb. 2 regular meeting as each of them addressed the council on why they should be considered for the role.
Johnson, who is also a former educator, said to the council, “I want to be a voice for our students as well as our teachers.”
He highlighted the impact COVID-19 has had on the Greenville Public School District as well as the community and emphasized the importance of making sure everything is being done to ensure students are getting the education they need and deserve.
Johnson also pointed out students’ need for relatable authority figures.
“I feel as being a part of this board of trustees, I provide that opportunity as well as ensuring that our district stays within budget and approves things for the betterment of our school district,” he added.
“As I begin to serve this term, my hope and desire is that we begin to regain the positive outlook from our community,” the newly appointed GPSD trustee said. “As a member, I will help other board members to adopt policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goals so GPSD can once again become known for its achievements statewide.”