Currey Ingram Academy hires head of school

Education sector veteran offers 25-plus years of experience

Currey Ingram Academy Board of Trust President Miller Hogan announced today the school has hired Dr. Jeffrey L. Mitchell as its new head of school, effective July 1, 2014.

Terms of Mitchell’s contract were not disclosed in a release.

Mitchell (pictured) will replace interim head of school Paul Wenninger at the Brentwood-based K-12 college preparatory academy for children with learning differences.

With more than 25 years of experience in education, Mitchell currently is serving as head of school at Tuscaloosa Academy in Alabama. There, he has overseen an enrollment increase of 30 percent and a fundraising increase of 25 percent during the past five years.

Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in human learning, development and instruction from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in educational administration.

Mitchell’s doctoral work focused on special education and learning difference topics. Of note, he also served as the head of Park Tudor School’s Lower School in Indianapolis, Indiana, which included an embedded learning differences program. Mitchell writes, teaches and speaks publicly on a variety of topics and has taught at the lower school, middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels.

“I knew, as my conversations with the Currey Ingram Search Committee, Board, faculty and parents unfolded, that Currey Ingram Academy was the place for me,” Mitchell said in the release. “These conversations were rich and student-centered, and the passion for the students and mission was palpable.”

Hogan said Mitchell was one of seven candidates (of 18 considered) to visit the campus for an interview with the search committee and various administrators and staff members. Independent school search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates assisted in the effort.

“I want to thank the board of trust, the search committee, and the academy’s administrative team for their vital roles in this very important and careful process,” Hogan said in the release. “They have devoted a great deal of time, effort and thought to reach this important decision. We feel confident that Dr. Mitchell will further the Currey Ingram Academy mission and vision with professionalism, integrity and passion – and we are very excited about the future of our great school.”