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Lize S DeLHNewsGovernor Nikki Haley appointed Dr. Steven Lize to the John de la Howe School Board of Trustees. He joins Barbara Devinney and Tom Love of McCormick, Patricia Silva and Donna Wesby of Aiken, Felicia Preston of Columbia, and Dan Shonka of Central on the board.

Dr. Lize is a research assistant professor in the College of Social Work. He serves concurrently as a technical consultant to the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which works with states to implement a cost-benefit analysis approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proven effective by research.  Dr. Lize also has experience working as a program evaluator for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability where he assessed the state's programs for youth and adults in the criminal justice system.

As a member of the school board, Dr. Lize will have the ability to help strengthen the education and services provided to families and children. He believes that his background as a researcher puts him in a good position for evaluating and selecting options. He said, “As a trustee, I will apply my expertise in evaluation research, consulting on evidence-based programs, and strategic planning to guide the school’s administration in adopting cost-effective services.” He believes that together, the board and the school staff and administration can “incorporate practices that have a solid research base.”

John de la Howe School was originally founded in 1797 as a farm school for local poor and orphaned children and is the oldest institution in South Carolina. It is located along the Heritage Corridor on Lake Thurmond in McCormick County, South Carolina. The school is now a multi-purpose child caring agency, providing for the behavioral, educational, and social needs of the at-risk children in its care. Dr. Lize emphasizes the importance of the school to the families of South Carolina. “The school is a landmark resource to the state to ensure that kids in a high risk home or school environment have a chance to realize their potential and graduate with a diploma.  That outcome means a world of difference for the youth and the state.  Having a high school diploma opens the doors not just to employment, but higher education, which in turn leads to landing a better paying job.”

Dr. Lize is optimistic that there is a lot that can be done to help improve the school. He said, “I am grateful to be appointed to the school's board.  It will be a challenge, but I like to study problems to solve them.  It is an honor to do so for the citizens of South Carolina.”

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