Retiring GPS Headmaster Accepts Interim Role At Battle Ground Academy In Franklin, Tn.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Randy Tucker
Randy Tucker

Retiring Girls Preparatory School Headmaster Randy Tucker has agreed to serve as the Interim Head of School at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tn., for the 2013-14 school year. BGA is a K-12 co-ed independent school with an enrollment of over 800.

Mr. Tucker, considered a “dean” of independent school leaders in Chattanooga, has served as headmaster at GPS for 26 years, led three successful capital campaigns, and has been a leader in advancing technology and teaching skills for 21st century education. Among his innovative steps was the addition of a sixth grade to the Elizabeth Lupton Davenport Middle School, a move adopted in the same year or later by other schools that traditionally served grades 7-12.

“I am excited about the challenge,” said Mr. Tucker. “It doesn't hurt that BGA is, like GPS, a wonderful environment with a hardworking faculty attempting to position the school for the new challenges of the 21st century. I hope I can be helpful even if it is for just a short while.”

Mr. Tucker received a unanimous recommendation from the search committee and was the unanimous selection of the executive board. He and his wife, Terri, will reside in the Fleming House, BGA’s head of school home adjacent to the campus.

Officials said, "The timing of all of this was very providential for BGA. Randy is familiar with our school and with members of our current and past leadership team. When he mentioned to them that he was retiring a year early, they asked if he might be willing to serve as an interim. After meeting with members of the board and search committee, both parties recognized the fit."
 
At GPS, Mr. Tucker is credited with overseeing significant achievements. During his tenure, the school has added 465,000 square feet of heated and cooled space, broadened its student body, elevated its faculty and raised more than $60 million. GPS has aggressively developed a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) academic program and is recognized as a progressive leader in college preparatory education.
 
Mr. Tucker is a graduate of Jacksonville University with a Masters in Education from the University of North Florida. From 1967 to 1969, he served the country in Vietnam. Following this, he served in administration leadership roles at the Bolles School in Jacksonville before joining GPS in 1987. 
 
The Tuckers have two grown children. They will be on campus at BGA on May 7, to meet students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other friends of the school. More details on schedules will be coming soon.  
 
In the meantime, the search committee continues its work to identify a head of school. 

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