Jamal Campbell, was born February 24, 1993, in Prince George’s County, in the State of Maryland. Jamal currently lives in Dillon, South Carolina, where he grew up. He attended the public schools of Dillon County before proceeding to Johnson & Wales University, where he obtained a degree in Culinary Arts. Jamal is epitomized by creative thinking, brilliant intuition, and insight. He is equipped with sound consulting principles and well-validated techniques, which produces amazing results.
He began his career teaching Culinary Arts at Marlboro County High School where he taught four years, to express his ever-burning passion for cooking. As someone with strong work ethics and honesty, he constantly demonstrates persistence and resourcefulness in finding and creating innovative solutions that support and assists the goals of Culinary Arts. In June 2016, Jamal was selected to serve on the State Culinary Arts Standards Revision and Resource Development Board. Building upon his training and honing his craft, recently Jamal was asked to serve and help rewrite the 2022 Safety and Sanitation Courses for the State Department of Education. He has since moved up the ladder in his career and made an outstanding reputation for himself.
Currently, Jamal is the Food and Nutrition Director for McLeod Health Clarendon. McLeod Health Clarendon located in Manning South Carolina. As a visionary leader, he is adept with the knowledge of organizational development, through visioning, strategic planning, evaluation, monitoring, and trusted advisory support. He’s been charged with leading and growing the team.
People who take the time to get to know Jamal would describe him as an intellectual, active team player, and a community-oriented person who loves to put others first. He also serves as a member of Advisory Council for Dillon Technology Center and is a member of the Dillon County Council. Jamal serves the SC Pro Start as a Lead Volunteer for the National Restaurant Association, Recently Jamal was named as one of the newest Board Member of the Man 2 Man Fatherhood Initiative SC. He has a proven track record in taking significant change initiatives with a deep sense of urgency to improve underperforming community-oriented services.
Jamal is a servant leader known for the passionate manner in which he uses his gifts to glorify God: He currently serves in the Music Ministry and on the Community Outreach board in his local church, Great Expectations Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Dillon SC, where his Pastor is Elder Raymond F. Davis III. Whenever he’s off professional duties, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling Internationally.
He is happily married to his wife, Jamesa D. Campbell, and together they have two beautiful children, Jamea I. Campbell, and Jamal C. Campbell II. Ornamented with a self-motivated personality, Jamal prefers to take the extra step in staying unique and reaching his aspirations. Jamal lives by one of his favorite Scriptures (Philippians 4:13): “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He currently plans to take serving to the next level with plans of running for South Carolina House of Representatives to serve as a voice for the citizens in his State at large, but specifically District 55!
In 2006 District 55 was listed as one of the primary areas in the corridor of shame documentary. In 2022 which is 16 years later Dillon County remains in poor conditions and is ranked number two for poorest conditions in the State.
In 2018 Dillon County welcomed the new Inland Port, which was expected to have a huge impact on growth in the local community. While other areas have benefited from the port in Dillon, other areas in District 55 have remained stagnant. A comparison has been conducted to Greer South Carolina, who’s Port opened in 2013. In this time Greer’s population has grown from a little over 20,000 to well over 35,000 currently. Meanwhile Dillon’s population has regressed from 30,000 to 28,000. Industries have been reluctant to locate in Dillon for many reasons such as, schools, workforce development and poor conditions. In addition, Dillon hasn’t felt the need to hire an Economic Development Director.
Education And Workforce Development
Dillon School District has the only fully appointed School Board in the State. While other School Districts Elect their School Boards. Authorities such as our current Representative and the Delegation feel they know better than the parents what the kids need. A referendum was conducted on this issue, and the citizens voted overwhelming at a rate of nearly 90% for an Elected School Board. Our current Representative said and decided ” sometimes the PEOPLE don’t know what’s best for them.” Dillon still has a Fully Appointed school board and the schools are not only failing but are ranked fourth lowest in the State.
The Local Technical School has been working in conjunction with the failing schools on a dual credit program instead of focusing on workforce development. Many parents have complained that both Schools have used their students financial aide funding for credits that are not accepted to further their Educations.
Our Teachers, First Responders, and Health Care Workers are our local heroes. These heroes have not been shown that they are valued by our local officials. They deserve so much more than what they are currently receiving.
Dillon County is a corporation that has an annual income of approximately nineteen million dollars per year. It has operated like a mom and pop business. Normally the first order of business in a corporation is to hire a Human Resources Department, as they create policy and procedures for all employees.
To grow a corporation a valuable sales force is needed, in this instance it would be an Economic Development Director, however we currently don’t have one.
There are no By-Laws or Mission Statements available for the public.
The Treasury and Finance Departments have been poorly managed, and don’t regularly make financial reports and statements accessible to the Council, which is the governing board for the corporation.
The current Representative would be like the president of the corporation while the council would serve as the board.