Dr. Tillar

Meet Our Superintendent

Dr. Helena L. Tillar began her duties as superintendent of Marlboro County School District in November, 2010.  Marlboro County School District serves more than 4,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at 8 schools in Marlboro County, South Carolina.  Prior to joining Marlboro County School District, Dr. Tillar served as Chief Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Officer in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five, Director of the Office of Curriculum and Standards of the South Carolina Department of Education, a middle and high school principal, director of bands, and adjunct professor.


She received her undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University, her master’s degrees from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her education specialist and doctorate degrees in education leadership from South Carolina State University.  She has been an educational practitioner for approximately 30 years.  Her professional experiences include working in large and small school districts, in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.


As chief executive officer, Dr. Tillar has experienced many successes improving student learning and enhancing learning environments for students.  In Marlboro County School District, district improvement rating moved from Good to Excellent in 2013.  The district achieved AdvancED districtwide accreditation in 2012.  Seven schools achieved Palmetto Gold and Silver status between 2012 and 2014.  Dr. Tillar secured a $20 million referendum for education improvement and generated in excess of $70 million in savings and grants for the district.  As a result of sound leadership Dr. Tillar was successful in her efforts in completing and opening two $20 million schools in the Blenheim (2013) and Wallace (2016) attendance areas.


Dr. Tillar is a strong and passionate advocate for public education.  She has worked as an adjunct professor and has served on professional review committees to assist colleges and universities meet NCATE standards.


Dr. Tillar is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.  She enjoys all genres of music and unique love for domestic animals.