Baptist and Reflector
SEYMOUR — Walter Grubb, president of The King’s Academy (Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy), will retire July 31. Grubb joined the academy as principal in 1987 before being named president and headmaster in 1994.
Grubb announced his plans to the academy’s board of directors on Feb. 27 and shared his intentions with faculty, staff, and students the following day.
“What a wonderful journey this has been for me over the last 30 years,” Grubb said. “No head of a school could have asked for a more supportive and cooperative board to work for, or a greater group of professional educators and staff to serve alongside. The highlights of my time here involve amazing students who have blessed me daily. I am honored to have known these students and their parents.”
Grubb noted there “are certainly things undone here that I would like to finish. However, I have come to realize there will always be work to do here until Jesus Christ returns. The time is right for a new leader, and I am wholeheartedly committed to assist our board and administration in this time of transition in any way I possibly can. I truly believe the greatest days for The King’s Academy lie ahead.”
D. Carter Davis II., a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, Knoxville, and chairman of the academy’s board of trustees issued the following statement: “I received this news with a sad heart knowing that Dr. Walter Grubb had prayed about it and knew that God was leading him to this decision.
“Dr. Grubb has been with this academy for 30 years. He has led TKA through some turbulent times and we will forever be grateful for his leadership and vision. He is leaving this academy on solid ground and together we will move forward to educate those students entrusted to us to prepare them for the life-service that God has for them.”
Davis stressed that the trustees will “search with all diligence to locate another president/headmaster who will have the desire for continued education/ministry in the lives of students.
“Our academy will continue in the same direction as it has for the past 137 years. We value each person in the administration, faculty, and student body. God has another person prepared to lead this academy and the trustees will search to locate this person. I ask on behalf of the trustees that you pray regularly for us.”