Baptist and Reflector
SEYMOUR — Walter Grubb, former president/headmaster of The King’s Academy, is returning to the academy in that role in an interim capacity, announced Richard Wallace, chair of the board of trustees of The King’s Academy, in a press release on Friday.
Wallace, a Sevierville attorney, made the announcement following a called board meeting on campus to address the vacancy created when Matt Mercer resigned from that role earlier in the week.
Mercer served as the head of school since July 2018 when Grubb retired. Wallace appointed a search committee to recommend a permanent leader for the position.
According to Wallace, the academy’s long history of excellence in Christian education will pave the way for new leadership and continued quality teaching in East Tennessee for both local and international young people in the future.
Grubb brings 44 years of educational leadership experience, including 31 at TKA, back to the boarding and day school that is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The academy grew to its highest enrollment of 524 under his leadership. The academy offers grades Pre-K through 12, with boarding options in grades 7-12.
“This feels like coming home,” Grubb stated. “I am humbled and honored to serve with this wonderful school family once again. I also readily acknowledge the unique challenges we face today and affirm what Jesus said — ‘apart from Me you can do nothing. ‘ More than ever we depend on God to lead us and provide our needs.”
Grubb added, “I am grateful for the service of my friend Matt Mercer, and pray God’s best for Matt and his precious family.”
Since its founding in 1880, the academy has served students from the East Tennessee area and more than 100 nations, equipping them to fulfill their God-given potential in a nurturing, college preparatory community. Its stated vision is “transformed lives, empowered by Christ-like character, pursuing academic excellence and lifelong service.” B&R