Irmo High School International School for the Arts has six new members in the school’s Hall of Fame and Columbia’s City Manager Teresa Wilson is one of them.
“I have always been so proud to say that I am an Irmo Yellow Jacket,” said inductee Teresa Wilson. “The education I received at Irmo and relationships that I established have helped to shape my life’s journey. For these reasons, being inducted into the Irmo Hall of Fame is an honor I cherish and for which I am truly grateful.”
Wilson is a 1992 graduate of Irmo High School and she leads the executive team in growing the city’s operations each day. She works diligently to address the needs of residents in the community while also focusing on public safety and economic development initiatives.
Prior to this role, Wilson served in various professional capacities including her role as the Government and Community Relations Coordinator for the University of South Carolina’s Office of the President.
After transitioning into municipal government, Wilson served as Chief Lobbyist and Director of Governmental Affairs for the City of Columbia. Her leadership was key in a number of groundbreaking initiatives including transforming Columbia’s Community Development department into a nationally recognized model organization and reducing the city’s Commercial Revolving Loan Fund’s default rate from 29% to 4% in just one fiscal year. She has been recognized as one of Columbia’s “Top 20 Under 40” business professionals, Columbia Business Monthly’s “50 Most Influential People” and one of Southeast Small Business Magazine’s “Top Women of Influence.”
“The Irmo High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrated the very best in public education,” said Irmo High School Principal Dr. Robin Hardy. “Our inductees shared inspirational stories of compassion and community. Kudos to our Educational Foundation for a remarkable evening to remember. I am extremely proud to be a part of Irmo’s proud past and bright future.”
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Caption (group photo): Starting from the left side as you look at the picture: Dan McCollum, Jr (son representing inductee, Capt. Dan McCollum)., Teresa Wilson, Tammy Blacklocke Maier-Scher, Dr. Robin Hardy, Dr. Terry Dozier, Dan Parler (father representing inductee, Dr. Caroline Potter), and Stewart Mungo