Keith F. Kiser, Headmaster
Keith began his duties at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in the summer of 2000. Since that time, the school has celebrated many accomplishments directly attributed to Keith’s efforts as Headmaster. Under his leadership, the school was immediately recognized as the first independent Catholic school in the Diocese of Charleston on August 15, 2000. Enrollment at the school has grown from 164 students in 2000 to over 600 students today. The school expanded from four high school grades to a total of seven grades, including the Upstate’s first single-gender middle school. When Keith arrived in 2000, the school employed 27 faculty and staff; today, the school employs over seventy-five faculty and staff members, many of whom Keith recruited from across the country. In 2000, there were only two male teachers on staff; today, there are over twenty-five. Keith initiated the Household Program, had the Blessed Sacrament brought onto campus, and petitioned the Bishop for a full-time chaplain.
During his tenure, St. Joseph’s has received national recognition multiple times as one of America’s Best Catholic High Schools from the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The school has not only continued its academic successes of a 100% college acceptance rate, exceptional SAT/ACT scores, and numerous National Merit Finalists but also enjoyed unparalleled athletic success, including state championships among several of the school’s sports teams. Personally and professionally, Keith’s vision for each student is that they know they have the power to “change the world” for the better, and his leadership, faith, and concern for the well-being of each student enrolled at St. Joseph’s have positively affected hundreds of Upstate students and families.
Keith is an experienced teacher, author, motivational speaker, coach, and youth minister. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Grove City College, and a Masters of Religious Education from Duquesne University. Keith and his wife, Tami, have ten children and are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mauldin.