• HCS Superintendent

    Rick Maxey, Ph. D.

    Rick Maxey

    With nearly 30 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership, Dr. Rick Maxey was appointed the Acting Superintendent of Horry County Schools on January 1, 2015 and then was named Superintendent on June 15, 2015. Dr. Maxey has been the Deputy Superintendent for HCS for more than three years, where he supervised District Operations in the areas of facilities, food services, student affairs, and transportation.

    Dr. Maxey has a foundation of educational leadership experiences having been HCS’ executive director for both middle and secondary schools. At the district-level, he also served as a principal specialist for support services where he supervised the Department of Special Education.

    Before he began working as a District administrator, Dr. Maxey was the principal at Conway High School for five years (2000-2005) and at Carolina Forest High School for two years (1998-2000). He was an assistant principal and technology coordinator at Loris High School after six years of teaching English at the school. Prior to beginning his career in secondary education, Dr. Maxey was an English instructor at both Presbyterian College and Clemson University.

    Dr. Maxey earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from Clemson University.

    Dr. Maxey and his wife, Vencie, are career educators. They are the parents of two adult sons.


    The Horry County Schools vision is to be a premier, world-class school system in which every child receives an excellent education. Our schools are welcoming centers organized around high quality teaching and learning.