Lipscomb Academy has appointed Casey Farris, head of school of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sugarland, Texas, associate head of school for advancement.
In this role, Farris will expand the school’s development efforts and implement new strategies for growing the endowment, increasing fundraising revenue and expanding the donor base at Lipscomb Academy, the largest private preK-12 in Middle Tennessee with an enrollment of nearly 1,300 students. His appointment is effective June 1.
“Casey has a tremendous enthusiasm and passion for Christian education, and has been very successful in growing a robust development and fundraising program at Cornerstone in a short period of time,” said Greg J. Glenn, Lipscomb Academy head of school. “With his two decades of experience in K-12 education, his proven track record of building a strong development program and his enthusiasm for what we are doing here at Lipscomb, Casey will be a strong asset to our leadership team.”
Farris brings with him 20 years’ experience in education. As head of school at Cornerstone Christian Academy, a preschool through eighth grade private school affiliated with First Colony Church of Christ, Farris has been instrumental in leading the school through a period of record development and financial growth. When Farris was appointed head of school there in 2013, the annual fund participation rate was 27 percent and there was little to no savings. Today, three-and-a-half years later, that has jumped to a 90 percent participation rate and cash and savings balance of $2.2 million. Contributing to the financial growth of the school was a restructuring of the tuition model as well as new fundraising models and programs. As a result, funds were raised to build a new science lab as well as support other initiatives.
“Lipscomb is a place that I’ve respected for many years, and have been interested in its growth over the last decade,” said Farris. “I live in a city and work at a school that I love, but the opportunity to serve at a school like Lipscomb Academy is exciting to me. It’s clearly a school that is growing and big things are ahead for it. I’m excited to have an opportunity to bring my experience in Christian education to Lipscomb Academy to enhance the great things that are already going on there. I look forward to making connections with others that will continue and add to the growth that is happening. I have a real heart for Christian education, and I’m looking forward to my family and I getting involved at Lipscomb.”
Bob Wood, member of the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees and chair of the board’s Lipscomb Academy committee, said Farris’ experience will be a strong addition to the academy’s administrative team.
“I’m confident that Lipscomb Academy will be immeasurably blessed by the addition of Casey Farris to our Academy’s leadership team,” said Wood. “The experience that Casey brings to this position, together with his love and appreciation for all aspects of Christian education, further evidence Lipscomb Academy’s commitment to building and maintaining the best possible administration, faculty and staff here at Lipscomb. Casey’s gifts and talents will immediately impact and benefit the students and families that are a part of the Lipscomb community, and I’m certain that he and his family will quickly become an integral part, not only of our Lipscomb community, but also the greater Nashville community that we love, serve and call our home.”
Farris made a positive impact on the Cornerstone community as well.
“Casey has been a terrific head of school. He has the ability to pay attention to detail, but is also a visionary and a creative problem-solver who doesn’t meet a stranger,” said Ronnie Norman, senior minister at First Colony Church of Christ, which is connected to Cornerstone Christian Academy. “You put Casey in any kind of environment and you will get action and energy. He is a leader who can shape and influence a culture in a positive way.”
Prior to his appointment at Cornerstone Christian Academy, Farris was on faculty at Westbury Christian School in Houston, Texas, from 1998-2013. During his tenure at Westbury he served as a physical education teacher for grades K3-six, boys’ varsity assistant basketball coach, lower school principal (2004-2009) and middle school principal (2008-2013). From 1995-1997, Farris was a graduate assistant coach for the Faulkner University men’s basketball program and was an admissions counselor for the university from 1997-1998.
A native of Carbon Hill, Alabama, Farris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Faulkner University and a Master of Education in educational administration with a principal’s certificate from the University of Houston-Victoria. Farris and his wife, Tammy, have four children, Will, 12; Lily, 10; Preston, 4; and Ansley Joy, 1.
Lipscomb Academy is a private preK-12 grade college preparatory school that is affiliated with Lipscomb University. With an enrollment of nearly 1,300 students, Lipscomb Academy is the largest private preK-12 grade school in Middle Tennessee.