Cameron Runyan is the Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for the Charter Institute at Erskine. Prior to assuming the Superintendent role, he served as the Interim Director and worked with Erskine College to establish the Charter Institute in 2017. During Mr. Runyan’s tenure as the leader of the Charter Institute, the organization has added approximately 8,000 new students each year – a growth rate that far surpasses every other school district in South Carolina. As of the 2021/22 school year, the Charter Institute’s third year enrollment of nearly 24,000 students places it in the top decile among all South Carolina school districts.
Mr. Runyan previously served a four-year term (2012) on the Columbia, South Carolina City Council as an elected representative to 135,000 constituents. In that role, Cameron was chairman of the Budget Committee with responsibility for the development and oversight of the capital city’s $300,000,000 combined annual budgets; recruited and secured authorization of the largest urban redevelopment project east of the Mississippi River; led the development and implementation of an economic recruitment strategy that netted over $1 Billion in new economic investments; and moved 92% of the city’s homeless population into paths out of poverty through a collaborative effort with nearly 100 churches and homeless service providers.
Prior to 2015, Cameron was also a licensed financial professional serving high-net-worth clients across the United States. In that capacity, he provided discretionary, tactical asset management and long-term financial planning strategies for individuals, families, churches, schools and other organizations.
Cameron has lectured extensively and appeared in local, national and international media, including interviews in The New York Times, PBS: Religion and Ethics and Al Jazeera International, discussing issues ranging from effective responses to poverty to the role that proper childhood education can play in the future prosperity of the West.
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University (99) and a Masters from the University of South Carolina (01). Additionally, he earned advanced financial planning designations from the American College and the College for Financial Planning.
Cameron and his wife, Jenni, have four daughters and are members of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
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