John E. Tindal was named interim school district superintendent by the Colleton County School Board at the February 18 meeting.
Members of the public will be able to meet Tindal during a “Meet and Greet” event held in the boardroom at the School District Administrative Offices, 500 Forest Circle, Walterboro, on Sunday Feb. 23 from 3-6 p.m.
Tindal has had a career in education for 45 years. He began in 1974 as a teacher in Lee County Schools and later went on to serve as an administrative assistant, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent for instruction and educational programs and superintendent in three school districts in South Carolina.
As a superintendent, he served in Orangeburg One (1993), Allendale County School (1999) and Clarendon School District Two (2002-2019).
Tindal was elected as a member and chairman of the Marlboro County Board of Education, the first African American elected to a county-wide office in Marlboro County.
Tindal also was a member and chairman of the South Carolina Board of Education, appointed in 2004 by the Clarendon County Legislative Delegation.
He served as president of the S.C. Association of School Administrators, member of the Clarendon County Economic Development Board, Pee Dee Education Center Board of Directors, Manning Rotary Club and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
In 2006 Tindal was named S.C. Rural Educator of the Year, and received the 2011 William B. Harley Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tindal holds degrees from Morris College and Winthrop University.
He serves in several capacities at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church along with his wife Carol, a retired teacher. They have been married 45 years. They have two adult sons and two grandchildren.