Lipscomb Academy officials announced Tuesday the appointment of business- executive-turned-educator Allen Long as head of upper school.
For nearly 20 years prior to undertaking a career in education, Long specialized in corporate human resources and staff management at Tractor Supply Co., Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh Childrenswear and Batten & Shaw Inc., according to a release. He focused on training, organizational development and performance improvement.
Long was most recently with Williamson County Schools as a tenured faculty member at Edmondson Elementary School, teaching fourth and fifth grades. Recognized as Edmondson’s Teacher of the Year in 2017-18, he served as the fifth-grade team lead during the 2018-19 school year.
In addition, the Cadillac, Mich., native has served as an adjunct faculty member at both Lipscomb University and Lakeland College.
Long holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and management from Central Michigan University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in leadership and professional practice, for which his dissertation will focus on culturally responsive teaching practices.
“Allen’s success in the corporate world, his dedication to excellence in teaching … and his vision for the upper school give him a unique perspective and experiences to equip him to lead with confidence in the direction that Lipscomb Academy envisions,” Greg Glenn, Lipscomb Academy head of school, said in the release. “With his vision, we can boldly move forward as the faith-based school of choice in Nashville.”
Lipscomb Academy is a faith-based college preparatory school serving students age 2 through 12th grade. The upper school is located on the Lipscomb University campus. In April, Lipscomb Academy officials announced the start of construction on the first phase of the Brewer Campus expansion, a $25 million project to bring 21st century learning facilities to the lower campus located at Granny White Pike and Harding Place.