Liz Warren

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Elizabeth Warren has more than 30 years’ experience with primary, secondary, and higher education as an advocate, attorney, mediator, researcher, writer, evaluator, software trainer, speaker, librarian, planner, curriculum developer, and university instructor. She is the co-author of Refining Common Sense: Moving from Data to Information (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004). Her recent accomplishments include serving as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award process (2005 and 2006), serving as the K-12 education representative on the launch team for the Georgia Center for Performance Excellence (2005-2006), obtaining certification as a mediator in civil court disputes in South Carolina (2006), and obtaining certification as a Quality Matters peer reviewer (2011). From 2001 to 2011, she was the president and CEO of EPI Corporation, which provided research, evaluation, and planning services to school districts and state agencies. Prior to founding EPI, Elizabeth spent 12 years with the South Carolina School Boards Association where she served as general counsel, writing and revising school board policy, lobbying the South Carolina General Assembly on a wide range of state policy topics, and authoring of numerous reports and publications. She served as the first Executive Director of the 10 district Western Piedmont Education Consortium and as the Assistant to the Superintendent for research, development, and evaluation in the Greenville County School District, the largest district in South Carolina. She directed school and public libraries in South Carolina and practiced law in litigation-oriented firms in Albany, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. Elizabeth has been an adjunct instructor for Furman University and the University of South Carolina and has over 12 years of experience working with students in on-line education leadership and legal studies programs. She has been an invited presenter at local, state, and national workshops and conferences. Elizabeth was invited as a Fellow to the National Center for Education Statistics' May 2001 fellowship program and is a 1999 graduate of Leadership South Carolina. Elizabeth holds B.A. (German, 1974), M.L.S. (Library Science, 1975), J.D. (Law, 1982) and Ph.D. (Education Administration, 1996) degrees from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the SC Bar. She is a certified Martha Pullen serger instructor. She has served on committees and in leadership positions with the American Association of State Policy Services, Education Law Association, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (South Carolina chapter), State Bar of South Carolina (Law-Related Education committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution section).