Lipscomb Academy Head of School Brad Schultz, Ed.D.
Longtime school administrator and education veteran Brad Schultz has been appointed Lipscomb Academy head of school effective June 1, 2020.
In his current head of school role at Cross Schools in Bluffton, South Carolina, Dr. Schultz led the school to an enrollment increase of over 60%, prepared the school for the successful launch in fall 2019 of a new football sports program, laid the groundwork of offering high school grades in 2020 (the current school was a K-8 upon his arrival three years ago), and managed a $10 million facilities expansion.
During the selection process, Schultz was on campus earlier in the month and interviewed with select executive leadership, faculty, staff, students and parents. Many parents, faculty and staff shared their impressions about their time with him. John Smitherman, Lipscomb Academy parent of two current students and one graduate, stated that “Dr. Schultz said two of his biggest challenges will be gaining the trust of the parents and students and building back morale, which he perceived to be down given our recent issues. I was impressed by his faith and biblical background, experience with diversity, experience with athletics, and track record of growing enrollment. Finally, he really gave thoughtful answers to questions presented to him.”
Prior to Cross Schools, Schultz spent 17 years at Greater Atlanta Christian, the largest Church of Christ affiliated school in the country, where he held the roles of teacher, assistant principal, principal and chief innovation officer, as well as served on the executive cabinet for the entire K-12 school.
“Dr. Shultz has extensive experience as an educator and serving in leadership positions within interscholastic institutions. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of innovation and diversity and has a proven track record for increasing enrollment and addressing funding gaps. I am excited about his vision and passion for Lipscomb Academy and the strong leadership he will bring to help move us forward into our preferred future. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Schultz's caliber and experience, who understands and connects with our mission, join us and I am looking forward to serving alongside him,” stated Michelle York, associate head of school for athletics.
As head of school, Schultz will lead an academy leadership team that includes the lower and upper school heads of school as well as other administrative personnel.
“As an experienced leader, I found immediate value in how he sat down with us in a smaller group to talk and asked pointed questions that helped us quickly begin to identify areas of opportunity and strength at Lipscomb Academy. He came alongside us in the conversation to help creatively think about solutions to our own challenges without making us feel like we were doing anything wrong in the present. Dr. Schultz put us at ease, and it was very natural to begin a conversation focused on solutions, opportunities and wins for Lipscomb Academy. As an individual who has achieved his doctoral status researching and writing about diversity initiatives, I am equally excited to capitalize on that work, knowledge and resources that he brings with him to the academy. This will help us move forward faster as we seek to become more inclusive, welcoming and supportive of our families from all backgrounds and experiences," said Allen Long, associate head of upper school.
The Tennessee native has a Bachelor of Science degree from Freed-Hardeman University. He also holds Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from North Georgia College and State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Georgia Southern University.
Schultz and his wife, Monica, have one son, Dawson.