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News Release

Meet Sheryse DuBose, the new Historic Neighborhoods Preservation Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island

Release Date: July 5, 2019

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Town of Hilton Head Island has hired Sheryse Dubose, Ph.D., as its first Historic Neighborhoods Preservation Administrator, and is inviting the public to "meet and greet" her on Tuesday, July 9th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Living Lab (Bldg. D) at Town Hall, 1 Town Center Court.

In her role within the Town's Community Development Department, DuBose will initiate, implement and administer a program to preserve the Island’s historic neighborhoods. She will serve as the first point of contact for members of the public seeking technical assistance for properties within the Town's designated historic neighborhoods, including its Gullah Geechee communities.

Dubose was chosen from among 49 applicants for the position. "This position evolved through discussions among members of the Town's Gullah Geechee Land and Cultural Preservation Task Force," said Shawn Colin, Director of Community Development. "Members felt there was a strong need for the Town to have someone on staff with expertise in preserving historic resources and communities, and who could help residents with matters pertaining to the protection and use of their property."

DuBose brings a range of experience in planning, Gullah Geechee preservation and education. She grew up in Gardner, one of the island's historic Gullah communities, and has spent the last 25 years researching and advocating for the preservation of Gullah Geechee communities. She obtained long and current range planning experience working for local governments in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. DuBose returned home to Hilton Head Island from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she recently received a doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in cultural studies from the University of Tennessee. She served as a lecturer for courses in cultural studies and social justice for undergraduate and graduate students for five years while pursuing her degree. She also has a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

DuBose can be reached at sherysed@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or 843-341-4683.