Cedric Adderley


Member, ACCPAS Commission on Accreditation
Term ends June 2020

Cedric Adderley serves as the fourth President of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. With over twenty-five years of experience in the field of education, he has taught on all levels and served in roles of increasing leadership from elementary through the collegiate level. He most recently served as Dean of the College at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. His resume includes additional faculty and administrative appointments at Benedict College and North Carolina A&T State University. He began his career as a music educator in the South Carolina Public Schools teaching both instrumental and choral music.

An accomplished composer and music educator, President Adderley maintains an active schedule of artistic engagements throughout the United States and abroad. Ensembles in the United States and abroad have performed his compositions, including the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Augusta Symphony, the Rutgers Philharmonia, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the Moravian Philharmonic, and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony. As a trumpeter and vocalist, he has performed with many legendary recording artists including Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, and Louie Bellson. He has also toured the southeastern United States with several variety bands. His original music is published by Grand Mesa and TRN Music Publishers.

President Adderley has served as a visiting evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, President Adderley earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from East Carolina University and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of South Carolina.

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Updated December 2017