Virtus Academy

Our Board of Directors

We believe children deserve to learn, lead, and succeed.

Virtus Academy is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, professionals, and parents dedicated to powering the future of our students, teachers, and school community.

Chairman
Dr. Thomas Ducey is a Research Microbiologist, and resident of the City of Darlington. He is a graduate of both the University at Buffalo where he received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, and the University of Oklahoma were he received his doctorate in Microbiology. Dr. Ducey serves as a volunteer coach with the Florence Soccer Association, and is interested in STEM development and integration.
Vice Chairman
Mr. Washington has been involved in a number of different volunteer organizations including Department of Juvenile Justice Board Member, former president of Florence Jr. Football League, School Foundation Member, Salvation Army Board Member, Florence Youth Basketball Board Member/Governance, and Student Discipline.
Treasurer
Dr. Atkins is a pulmonologist with Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. He is a veteran of the United States Army Medical Corps. Dr. Atkins is a graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point.
Secretary
Mr. Don Strickland serves as the Executive Director at Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority. He attended Francis Marion University where he earned his BA in Business Management as well as attending the Non-Profit Leadership Institute and Non-Profit Grants Management Training. He currently serves on several non-profit boards in the Pee Dee Region. Mr. Strickland and his family reside in Darlington county.
Board Member
Mr. Kozacki is an attorney with the Attorneys of Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A. in Florence. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Kozacki is a current member of the S. C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Committee, Workers’ Compensation Law Committee, and the Law/Physician Relationship Committee. His civic involvement includes volunteer work for the Institute of Faith and Justice, coaching youth athletics, and membership in the Florence Kiwanis Club.
Board Member
Mr. Echols is the Director of Community and Minority Enterprise at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Echols received his Bachelor of Arts from Claflin University. Mr. Echols has served on the Board since 2021.
Board Member
Mr. Ron Roberts serves as a counselor in higher education and also has served in secondary education. He attended and graduated from Winthrop University, Webster University and Southern Illinois University. He currently serves on several boards in the Pee Dee region. Mr. Roberts and his family reside in the Florence area.
Board Member
Lindsay Watford Privette is the Economic Development Director for the Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments. In this role, she is involved in several state and local initiatives to promote economic and community development across the Pee Dee Region. She is a graduate of Francis Marion University where she earned a BA in Professional Writing and Spanish and an MBA in Business. Privette lives with her husband and two children in the Darlington area.

2022/2023 Budget

Board Meetings & Minutes

Our Board meets on the last Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted. 

2022–2023 Schedule

6PM Tue, Sep 27, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Aug 30, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Aug 2, 2022

Special

6PM Tue, Jul 26, 2022

Regular

2021–2022

6PM Tue, Jun 28, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, May 31, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Mar 15, 2022

Special

6PM Mon, Feb 28, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Jan 25, 2022

Regular

6PM Tue, Dec 21, 2021

Regular

6PM Tue, Nov 30, 2021

Regular

1PM Wed, Nov 24, 2021

Emergency

6PM Mon, Nov 8, 2021

Special

6PM Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Regular

6PM Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Regular

6PM Tue, Aug 31, 2021

Regular

6PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021

Special

6PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Regular

6PM Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Emergency