The King’s Academy seeks to provide spiritual growth and academic empowerment for promising students. Our students come from around the globe—an average of 17 countries are represented—and they leave profoundly changed by the welcoming culture that we call “family.”
Board of Trustees
Dr. D. Carter Davis
Dentist/Retired Missionary, Knoxville, TN
Certified Public Accountant, Seymour, TN
Education and Outreach Director, First Baptist Church, Kingston, TN
Funeral Director, Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, TN
President, HE Canterbury Associates, Seymour, TN
Business Owner, Oliver Springs, TN
Dr. Warren Gaston
Retired Missionary and Educator, Maryville, TN
Electrical Engineer, Lead Environmental and Marketing Software Developer
Vice President, Data System
Retired Food Services Executive
Rev. Corey Jones
Middle Creek Baptist Church
Oliver Springs, TN
Business Owner/Educator, Knoxville, TN
Certified Public Accountant, Knoxville, TN
Joe Van Hook
Attorney, Oliver Springs, TN
Attorney, Sevierville, TN
Dr. Chris Whaley
President, Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN
Certified Public Accountant
Ex Officio Members
Dr. Randy Davis, Executive Director-Treasurer, Tennessee Baptist Convention, Brentwood, TN
Dr. David Leavell; President, Tennessee Baptist Convention; Pastor, First Baptist Church, Millington, TN
In October 2016, the Academy Board of Trustees assembled for a two-day retreat at Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In light of the many recent significant facilities changes and campus developments, the purpose of the retreat was to develop a new Strategic Plan which would replace the existing Strategic Plan adopted and implemented by the Board in 2011.
Rev. Bill Black of Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries facilitated the strategic planning discussions. He had previously led a strategizing retreat for the Board in 2013.
Discussions in the 2016 retreat culminated with the appointment of four groups charged with various tasks.
- The Governance Group will consider the academy’s legal documents, and propose updates and changes as needed. Particularly the academy’s charter and by-laws will be reviewed. The group will study the academy’s relationship with the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
- The Brand Keeping Group will review the academy’s mission statement and core values, and make recommendations regarding affirming them or changing them. The group will consider ways of promoting the academy and protecting its reputation.
- The Campus Master Plan Group will study educational trends and student growth, and make recommendations regarding current and future facilities. An area of focus will be the proposed classroom building with facilities designed to enhance science and math education.
- The Economic Development Group will consider ways for the academy to become debt free and fund capital improvements, among other related items.
Trustees, along with administrators, faculty and parents serve on each committee, with input invited from students.
In January 2017, the Brand Keeping Group completed their major work with the presentation and subsequent adoption of new Vision and Mission Statements.
THE ACADEMY VISION: Transformed lives, empowered by Christlike character, pursuing academic excellence and lifelong service.
THE ACADEMY MISSION: The King’s Academy inspires and equips students of all cultural backgrounds to fulfill their God-given potential in a nurturing, college preparatory community.
The Academy’s Core Values were affirmed:
- Faith in God
- Christ-Centered Vision
- Christian Community
- Christ-Like Character
- Excellence in Christ
The Campus Master Plan Group presented the results of their research, study and discussions in the October 2017 meeting of the Board, including a summary of past plans and current considerations.