Wofford, Kate Vixon | South Carolina Public Radio


 “W” is for Wofford, Kate Vixon [1894-1954]. Educator. After graduating from Winthrop College, Wofford taught at Laurens High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Returning to Laurens in 1922, she was elected to the first of two terms as county superintendent of schools. She was the first female school superintendent and also the first woman elected to public office in South Carolina. She also served a term as president of the South Carolina State Teachers Association. Continuing her education, she received her doctorate from Columbia University. Wofford became head professor and director of rural education at State Teachers College, Buffalo, New York. Kate Vixon Wofford was the author of two books—Modern Education in the Small Rural School and Teaching in Small Schools—that gained her widespread recognition and acclaim.