George Patrick [GP] McLeer, Jr is the Mayor of Fountain Inn, SC and the Executive Director of the SC Arts Alliance.
Born and raised in South Carolina, GP was elected Mayor of Fountain Inn, one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina, at age 31, making him the youngest mayor in the city’s history. As Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the only statewide arts advocacy organization, GP works at the local, state, and federal level to advance the creative industry through public policy, leadership development, and public awareness.
Previously, GP created and led the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Mauldin, SC. He developed the Mauldin Cultural Center, the Mauldin Public Art Trail, managed all city-wide marketing, and advised on all economic development projects.
GP serves on numerous board and committees, including:
- Municipal Association of South Carolina‘s Legislative Committee
- Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) Policy Committee
- Palmetto State Arts Education
- College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Council
- Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
- State Arts Action Network (Vice Chair) – a national coalition of statewide arts advocacy organizations.
GP and his wife, Taylor, have one daughter, Albee James. Taylor is a drama teacher for Greenville County Schools and serves on the board of the Mill Town Players. She earned her undergraduate degree from Coker University, and has two masters degrees in education from Anderson University (MAT) and Clemson University (EdS).
GP holds a BA in Arts Management from the College of Charleston, where he has been recognized with the university’s 250th Anniversary Young Alumnus Award in 2020, the 2016 School of the Arts Young Alumnus Award, the Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Award, and placed in the School of the Arts Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the first-ever Alumni Heart Award by his high school alma mater, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, for his contribution to the arts community.
Past positions include: Administrator, City of Mauldin Office of Cultural Affairs; Executive Director, Mauldin Cultural Center; Development Assistant, Charleston Stage Company; Arts Management Intern, Younts Center for the Performing Arts.
Past board / committee service includes: St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair), Fountain Inn Chorale, Mauldin Cultural Council, Upstate International, and Ten at the Top’s Community Vibrancy Task Force.