Meet Our Board Members


Mr. Phil Ashley
Area 2   Current Term: 2020-2024

I am a proud graduate of Belton-Honea Path High School, class of 1971. I received my Master of Education and my Educational Specialist degrees from Clemson University in 1980 and 1984, respectively. Furthering my education at Anderson College, now Anderson University, and earning my Bachelor of Music in music education at Mars Hill College, now Mars Hill University. I began my teaching career in Anderson District Two in November of 1975 at Honea Path Middle School and Wright Elementary. In the fall of 1976, I became the music teacher at Honea Path Elementary and after a few years added Wright Elementary and taught until I retired in June of 2006.

I began work at Anderson University in January of 2007 as a supervisor of student teachers, and in 2011, I was hired as an assistant professor and was the Coordinator of Field Placements, a position I held for two years. I have returned to part-time at the University, supervising and teaching a graduate class.    

I was elected to the Board in 2012, representing Area 2. However, I represent all the people of our district.  
I attend the Belton Presbyterian Church and sing in the choir. My hobbies are traveling and working out at the gym.   
It is my honor to represent all the people of our district and have an open door policy as your board member. 

Go Bears!!!



Mr. Jimmy Ouzts, Chair
At-Large   Current Term: 2018-2022

I was born and raised in Greenwood. I attended Furman University and earned a BA. Also, I earned an MEd and EdS from Clemson University. I retired from Belton-Honea Path High School after 38 years. I served as a teacher and coach for 12 years, assistant principal for 10 years, and principal for 16 years.

I'm married to Abby and I have two children and four grandchildren. Currently, I serve on the Belton Area Museum Association Board and the Anderson County Alternative School Board.


Mason Gary

Dr. Mason Gary, Vice-Chair
Area 2  Current Term: 2020-2024

I am a 1983 graduate of BHP. I graduated from Lander College with a BS in History with a Biology minor. I received my MEd and EdS in Administration/Supervision and PhD in Education Leadership all from Clemson University. I began my career at BHP teaching history, coaching softball and as an administrative assistant. After five years I moved to Palmetto Middle as assistant principal where I also served five years. Next, I was named principal of Palmetto High and served in that capacity for thirteen years. I then moved to Anderson Three as superintendent for four years and completed my first thirty years at Greenville County Schools where I served as deputy superintendent. I am now superintendent for Abbeville County Schools and proud to be a board member here in Anderson Two for the community that I call home.

My wife Angie and I live on our family farm with our three kids, their spouses and our three grandchildren. We attend First Baptist Church of Honea Path where I serve as deacon and Sunday School teacher.


Bonnie Knight

Mrs. Bonnie Knight
Area 4    Current Term: 2018-2022

As your board representative for Area Four, I am proud to say that I am a product of the Anderson District Two school system. After graduating from Belton-Honea Path High School, I attended Erskine College where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and added certification in the Special Education areas of Learning Disabilities (LD) and Educable Mentally Disabled (EMD). Later in my career, I received a Master’s Degree from Clemson University in Supervision and Administration. I taught for 19 years and worked in administration for the last 18 years of my career serving as an Assistant Principal at Belton Middle School, Principal at Belton Elementary School, and Director of Instruction at the district level. While teaching in Anderson District Five, I was recognized as the 1993 District Teacher of the Year. I currently work with Anderson University in the Department of Education where I observe, coach, and complete evaluations on students in the Special Education program. I also contract with Western Governors University where I supervise student teachers during their
Demonstration Teaching time.

I am married to Marty Knight, and we reside on Blue Ridge Avenue where we live happily with 3 dogs, 2 cats and 3 horses. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren who are the greatest blessings in our lives. Marty and I attend Neals Creek Baptist Church where I am an assistant pianist/organist working with the music program as needed. I enjoy time at the beach, watching the grandkids play football, baseball, and volleyball, as I have the opportunity, and finally relaxing with a great book in my hands.


Julia Barnes

Dr. Julia Barnes
Area 3  Current Term: 2018-2022

Dr. Julia Barnes is honored to have been elected to serve on the Anderson District Two Board of Trustees for Area 3. Julia Barnes has a Doctoral Degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education, in addition to her Master's Degree in Library Science and Bachelors Degree in English. Dr. Barnes retired from School District Two but continues to keep her teaching credentials updated (English, Social Studies, Library Science, and Special Education). In her life of continuing professional service, Dr. Barnes serves as a student teacher supervisor-evaluator for Converse College and teaches in the education programs for Nova Southeastern University. 

An active member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and numerous heritage organizations, community service is important to her. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Anderson County Museum Advisory Committee. She believes in life-long education and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in History at Clemson University. Her interests include family genealogy research, horsemanship, and technology. She is married to Michael Barnes. Her daughter, Mary Lin Ashley Barnes (Mrs. Jason Barnes), is a graduate of BHP and currently resides in California, working with special needs adults.



Mr. Kevin Craft, Secretary
Area 1   Current Term: 2018-2022

I am Kevin T. Craft. I'm very proud to be a BHP Bear and very proud that my community voted to elect me to serve them as Anderson County School Board Trustee for District 2, Area 1. I have 27 years of business experience as the President of IMS of Belton, Inc. a General and Mechanical Contracting company specializing working for industrial companies such as Milliken, Michelin, First Quality, and many more. I graduated from Clemson University in 1992 with a BS in Business Management. I have been appointed by Anderson County Council to serve on the Anderson County Economic Development Board, and I also serve on the Belton Alliance Board, serving as the Belton Economic Committee Chairman. My wife Mandy and I have one son, Ross. I grew up attending school in Honea Path and attending Barkers Creek Baptist Church. Our family now lives in Belton and are members of Belton First Baptist Church. My hobbies are golf, fishing, hunting, reading, and snow skiing.


Gene Clinkscales

Mr. Gene Clinkscales
Area 1   Current Term: 2020-2024


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