Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation Announces New Board Members

Columbia, SC ─ The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Tom Burns is the Senior Vice President for Parsons in Aiken, SC.

Jason Hong, a 1993 GSSM graduate, is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ernest J. Kapopoulos, Jr. is the Site Vice President for Duke Energy’s Robinson Nuclear Plant in Hartsville, SC.

Jim Rourke is a Member with Nexsen Pruet in Columbia, SC.

The GSSM Foundation advocates for GSSM and provides funds and support to enhance its programs and students’ educational endeavors. The Foundation connects the School with a broad community and showcases GSSM’s contribution to quality of life and economic prosperity of South Carolina and beyond. Since its founding in 1988, the Foundation has provided over $23.5 million to support GSSM students and programs. The Foundation’s funding currently provides financial aid for residential and summer camp students, summer research, and global initiatives.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these four new members to the Foundation Board, and we are grateful to them for their service,” said James Gergen, GSSM Foundation Board President. “The School and Foundation continue to receive support from the leading companies of South Carolina, and we continue to attract Board members of the highest caliber. Each brings talents and perspective which will aid us in our mission, including the perspective of another noted alumnus.”

The four new Foundation board members join twenty-four current members from across the state and country. Visit to see the full GSSM Foundation Board of Directors list. For more information, call the GSSM Foundation at (803) 252-9152.

About GSSM
Founded in 1988, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a nationally recognized school serving over four hundred of the state's most accomplished STEM students in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. GSSM offers college-level courses and experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at its campus in Hartsville. The school also delivers virtual curricula in engineering and STEM disciplines to students in partner school districts throughout the state. GSSM’s dynamic outreach programs, including science summer camps and teacher training, impact over 5,000 K-12 students every year. Learn more by visiting

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