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Providence Academy Board announces new head of school

Contributed • May 3, 2018 at 5:03 PM

The Providence Academy Board of Directors announced Thursday that Ben Holland has been hired as the new head of school beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

For the past five years, Holland has been employed by Cornerstone Academy in Morristown as head of school. He is a former employee of PA, previously serving as secondary student dean, classroom teacher, and cross country coach for five years.

According to a news release, the PA Board of Directors gave prayerful attention to planning for the next 25 years at PA to position the school for future success. The Board previously announced a change to the operational model of the school to become effective this fall with the 2018-19 school year. After much research and consulting with other management resources, this new operational model has been adopted.

The new model will allocate the school management resources into two primary positions: 1) the head of school, focused on student and faculty welfare and 2) the school chancellor, a position focused on institutional welfare. To accomplish the adoption of this model, current Head of School Jerry Williams, who has served PA for the past 22 years, will assume the position of school chancellor.

“I feel like I have come home and am excited about this position, and also the future of Providence Academy,” Holland said. “Having the opportunity to serve as Head of School at PA and to work alongside Jerry Williams is a dream come true.”

Current PA Board Chairman Scott Greer said, “We look forward to what God will do during PA’s next 25 years of operation! With our Head of School primarily directing our day-to-day operations while our chancellor focuses on vision, strategy, and opportunities to expand the mission of Providence, we can execute current programs and future plans in an efficient and healthy manner while strengthening our school for the future.”

Providence Academy is a non-denominational Christian school that implements a classical approach to education. It is located on a forty-five acre campus with a 77,000 square foot school facility. The school was founded in 1994. Providence Academy has 462 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

There are limited openings in a variety of grades. Parents interested in Providence Academy may call (423) 854-9819 or view the school’s web site at http://www.providenceacademy.com

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