Dr. Jim Overton began his professional career as a psychologist with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and later worked with Family Services of Columbia. From 1983 - 2008 he worked as a guidance counselor at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC, one of the state's premier high schools. While there, he actively assisted students in the college search and application process and maintained a constant focus on the best possible outcome for students in both academic advising and college admissions counseling.
Beyond the many students he helped in the college search and application process, his accomplishments include numerous presentations to parents and students on choosing and applying to colleges and identifying scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Since 1996, his students have been awarded close to $50 million in scholarships.
Following his retirement from the public school system in 2008, he founded College Consultants of South Carolina, LLC to continue working with high school students and their parents in the college search and application process. His remains committed to working to find colleges that fit for each individual student, colleges where they will be the most successful.
Dr. Overton draws on his training and experience as a Licensed Family Therapist to assist families and students in handling the transition from high school to college and assuming a greater degree of independence in their lives. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) , has been Chair of the IECA Membership Committee and has also served as as a member of the IECA Education and Training and Ethics Committies. He is also a Professional Member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Southern Association of College Admission Counselors (SACAC). In addition, he retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996.
Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of South Carolina
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Chapman University
M.A.T., Chemistry, University of South Carolina
B.S., Chemistry, Wofford College
Troy University, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate and graduate)
Webster University, Adjunct Faculty (graduate)
Southern Wesleyan University, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate and graduate)
University of South Carolina, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate and graduate)
Saint Leo University, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate)
Coker College, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate)
Limestone College, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate)
American Management College, Adjunct Faculty (undergraduate)
Professional Member, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) 2009 - present; member Education and Training Committee, 2011-2012; Membership Committee, 2012-2015; Chairman, Membership Committee, 2014-2015; IECA Board Member, 2013 - 2016; Member, Ethics Committee 2015 -2016.
Professional Member, Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) 2009 - present.
Member, Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling, 2015 to present.