Barbara J. Nesbitt, PhD

Executive Director of Technology, School District of Pickens County in South Carolina

Dr. Barbara Nesbitt is a lifetime educator with more than 30 years in education.  Barbara has been a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and consultant with broad experiences in school districts in Virginia and South Carolina.  Barbara is currently the Executive Director of Technology for the School District of Pickens County in South Carolina.  In this role, Barbara led the district’s transformation of instructional technology from a Bring Your Own Device district to a 1:1 district with a fully interoperable digital ecosystem implementing the IMS Global standards.  Under Barbara’s leadership, Pickens received federal funds for a leased dark-fiber ring network, which is expected to future-proof the district’s broadband needs for decades.

Barbara has worked extensively with IMS Global’s K-12 Institutional Board where she led efforts to extend the adoption of open-source interoperability standards.  She has been a presenter, panelist, roundtable leader, and keynote speaker at various state and national conferences.  She has served on various vendor advisory panels including Steelcase Inc., Classworks Advantage, and Securly, as well as on non-profit boards including the Education Foundation of Pickens County and the National Council on Digital Convergence.   Barbara has written several grants for her district including an AT&T ConnectEd grant and a National Science Foundation grant totaling over $10 million.

In addition to her work in PK-12 public school leadership, Barbara is involved in post-secondary educational leadership as a visiting professor at Clemson University and a member of the advisory board for Anderson University’s M.S. in Instructional Design and Learning Technology.

Barbara received her Ph.D. from Clemson University, her master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and her undergraduate degree from Liberty University.   Barbara lives in Easley, South Carolina with her husband of 32 years.  Together they have three sons, are very active in their community and church, and enjoy hiking and traveling.