The Board of Trustees of Trinity School of Texas is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. James Douglas “Doug” Stump as our next Head of School beginning February 1, 2021. Dr. Stump comes to Longview from St. Bonaventure, NY, where he serves as the Educational Leadership Program Director for St. Bonaventure University.
This selection is the result of an extensive, four‐month, national search conducted by a five‐member Head of School Search Committee and supported by Southern Teachers Agency. The committee selected two outstanding finalists who were invited to Longview for interview sessions with focus groups consisting of trustees, parents, faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Stump went on to receive the Search Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees who, in turn, unanimously voted for his appointment.
In selecting Dr. Stump as our next Head of School, the Board of Trustees has chosen a leader with a lifelong passion for education and learning. The Trustees value his intelligence, experience, and ability to make connections with a broad range of community members.
Our next Head of School has a track record of success helping schools craft vision and hone best practices. With a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University in English and Psychology, a master’s degree from Marymount University in Education, and a doctorate from Shenendoah University in Administrative Leadership, Dr. Stump is a scholar, an educator, and a leader. He started his career at Dominion Academy, an independent Christian school in Leesburg, Virginia. Over his 14 years at Dominion, he rose from teacher to administrator to Head of School. He spent three years in leadership at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, a highly regarded Christian K-12 school of 700 students, before leaving to pursue his doctoral studies. He has spent the past six years in higher education, focusing on student engagement and developing programs for future educational leaders.
Dr. Stump is the parent of four children. His oldest son, Patrick, is completing his doctorate at Bowling Green University. His oldest daughter, Victoria, is completing her master’s at Virginia Commonwealth University. His daughter Miriam is a senior at Christopher Newport University, and his youngest, Catherine, will enroll at Trinity School of Texas in the Upper School this spring.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to thank the members of the Head of School Search Committee, our consultants at Southern Teachers, and all the members of the TST community who have contributed greatly to the search process. We laud all who were involved for their commitment and dedication to the integrity of the search process. Finally, we wish to thank Mellissa McCreary for her ongoing work during this transitional year.
We thank you for your support and ask you to join us in welcoming the Stump family to our community.