During the February 18, 2020 Board Meeting, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Brandon L. Baskett to the new position of Dean for Higher Education Services at the Lexington District One College Center for the 2020– 2021 academic year.
In this new position, Baskett will oversee the district’s efforts to advance college-mindedness and college-readiness for all high school students, particularly giving dual credit college coursework access and support to students typically underrepresented in high school courses earning college credit.
Brandon L. Baskett, who currently serves as assistant principal at Lexington High School, graduated from the district’s Aspiring Principals Academy in 2019 after joining the district in 2017. He founded and is president of a nonprofit that focuses on mentoring middle and high school boys from more than 10 schools in the Columbia area.
An educator for eight years, Baskett began his career in 2011 as interim coordinator of intercultural programs at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
He joined Mid-Carolina High School in the School District of Newberry County as an English teacher in 2012. While there, he served as assistant varsity boys basketball coach from 2013–2016, summer school administrator from 2014–2016, administrative intern and teacher technology leader in 2015, and assistant principal and freshman academy director at Newberry High School in 2016.
He also served as an Upward Bound Instructor for the University of South Carolina in 2013.
Baskett earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from the University of South Carolina Aiken and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. Currently working on his Doctor of Education in educational leadership, he holds certifications in secondary education English and secondary educational administration.
He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.