After 24 years serving as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area (CIS), Jane Riley-Gambrell, announced Friday that she will be retiring in the Fall of 2017.
Riley-Gambrell joined CIS in 1993, when the organization was named “Cities In Schools” and housed on the campus of Septima P. Clarke Academy. During her time at CIS, Riley-Gambrell has seen 1,193 students identified as at-risk of dropping out of school graduate.
CIS Board Chair, Lydia Applegate, describes Jane’s work with CIS as prolific. “Upon her arrival, CIS was a program serving one school with 100 students. Under her leadership, the program has expanded in Charleston and Berkeley Counties, and now impacts more than 10,000 students and their families annually.”
“CIS will always hold a special place in my heart and I’m excited about and committed to supporting its future growth and success,” stated Riley-Gambrell. “My role as CIS’s Executive Director has afforded me the opportunity to impact the lives of children, while working alongside dedicated and talented staff, educators, and community members – it has truly been an honor.”
In addition to her role as Executive Director, Riley-Gambrell has served several community and civic groups, including the Mayor’s Commission for Children Youth and Families, Trident United Way, The Rotary Club of Charleston, the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Aquarium, the Board of Directors for Daniel Joseph Jenkins Institute for Children, The Junior League of Charleston and the Board of Directors for the Carolina Lowcountry Girl Scout Council.
Riley-Gambrell’s leadership and dedication will be missed by the CIS Board of Directors, her team and the broader education community, with whom CIS partners to do its work. A date for a celebration honoring Riley-Gambrell’s service to CIS will be announced in the near future.
The CIS Board of Directors has named a Search Committee to commence the search for a successor who can build on the work of Riley-Gambrell and lead CIS into its next chapter.
Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area
is the Lowcountry’s leading dropout prevention program designed to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. www.cischarleston.org