Excitement is in the air in Northwest Texas. Two of our amazing diocesan Episcopal schools have been involved in a search process over the last several months to determine who will "step into the shoes" of their retiring Heads of School.
St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Amarillo, has recently called Joel Bicknell as their new Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. Joel brings outstanding credentials and sixteen years of experience as teacher, coach, and school administrator. He currrently serves as Head of School at Holland Hall in Tulsa, OK, and holds both an M.A. and an M.Ed. in School Administration, in addition to the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads Fellowship Program. He will relocate to Amarillo with his wife, Regina, and their four school-aged children. Joel will succeed the current Headmaster, Ron Ferguson, who will retire in July. He joined the school in 2004, and provided excellence in leadship folowinghis time as the Headmaster at Canterbury Episcopal School, in the Dallas suburb of Desoto, for more than 10 years. A retirement service will be held Monday, May 1st, at 11:00am.
All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock, has also announced the selection of Bruce Latta, as their new Head of School, effective June 15, 2017. Bruce is extremely well-suited for the position due to his extensive background in both his education and experience. He earned a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciencwe from Princeton University; and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan; an M.Ed. in Learning and Technology from Western Governor's University; and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University. Bruce is currently the Middle School Division Head at the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, FL, where he also served as Upper School Division Head. He and his wife, Emily, and their two daughters will relocate to Lubbock soon. Bruce succeeds the Current Head of School, Dr. Mike Bennett, who joined the school in 2005, after his retirement as the Principal of Monterey High School. Now he can truly retire!
Congratulations to both schools for a successful search process!