George Patrick [GP] McLeer, Jr is the Mayor of Fountain Inn, SC and the Executive Director for the SC Arts Alliance.
GP was elected Mayor of Fountain Inn, the second fastest growing city 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 Mauldin Cultural Center, the Mauldin Public Art Trail, managed all city-wide marketing, and advised on numerous economic development projects.
GP serves on numerous board and committees, including: his high school alma mater St. Joseph’s Catholic School (Greenville, SC), Palmetto State Arts Education, the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Council, and the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project. He also serves as Vice Chair of the State Arts Action Network, a national coalition of statewide arts advocacy organizations.
GP’s wife, Taylor, was born in Union and is now the drama teacher at Woodmont Middle School. Taylor also serves on the board of the Mill Town Players in Pelzer. She is a graduate of Coker University, and has two masters degrees in education from Anderson University and Clemson University.
GP and Taylor are expecting their first child in October of 2020. They have one dog, Mavis, and one cat, Pippa.
GP holds a BA in Arts Management from the College of Charleston, where he has been recognized with the 2016 School of the Arts Young Alumni 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: 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.