Mrs. Marilyn Koon Hendrix has spent the greatest part of her life helping people. Following her graduation from Winthrop College, she began a public education career which began as a classroom teacher. Over the next 32 years, she also worked as a guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal. At the age of 33, she was named the first female secondary school principal in Greenville County; during the next 14 years, she led Mauldin High School to become one of the top high schools in the county, state, and the nation. Hendrix holds a master’s degree from Furman University and an education specialist degree from Clemson University; Hendrix also earned graduate hours at Western Carolina University and the University of South Carolina. Following her retirement from Greenville County Schools and employment at the Greenville Urban League as a vice president for education, she worked at Greenville Technical College in various positions, including associate vice president overseeing the three satellite campuses. During this time, Hendrix was elected to the School Board of Greenville County, serving two terms in this position. Since her retirement in 2009, she has served on several boards. She resides in Simpsonville with her husband, Bill, and their cat, Jib.