Goodpasture Christian School Announces New President
Incoming president is the fourth to be named in the school’s 58-year history.
Madison, Tennessee. The Board of Directors of Goodpasture Christian School (GCS) announced today the appointment of Dr. Jeff Bixenman as President of the school. “The search process began in the Spring of 2022. We earnestly sought God’s guidance to bring us the best person who would lead GCS forward,” stated Frank Batson, Chairman GCS Board of Directors. He continued, “A search committee, comprised of GCS Board Members, was established to identify potential candidates.”
The search committee selected the firm CarterBaldwin to partner with GCS in this comprehensive process. CarterBaldwin performed a nationwide search, contacting over 75 potential candidates, which after initial screenings, yielded over a dozen high-potential applicants. Additional rounds of screenings by the search committee and interviews with CarterBaldwin ultimately narrowed the field to four candidates. The four finalists were interviewed by the entire GCS Board of Directors the first week of February.
“After an extensive national search and a thorough process reviewing many excellent candidates; the Board unanimously concluded that Dr. Jeff Bixenman is the best fit to lead Goodpasture into the future,” said GCS Search Committee Director Marty Rothschild. “We are deeply grateful to Jeff and commend him for his strong stewardship of the school as we worked through the search process,” added Rothschild.
Dr. Bixenman’s relationship with the Goodpasture school community began as a 4th grade student and continued through high school graduation (class of 1996). He returned to teach at Goodpasture after graduating from Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Over the years, he also held the positions of coach, middle school principal, and high school principal. Prior to being appointed as President, he served as the Director of Academics and Operations.
Dr. Bixenman received a Master of Education degree in Administration Supervision from Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN); an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Lipscomb University; and a Doctor of Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University. In addition, he is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
“I am honored to be selected by our Board of Directors to serve as the fourth President of Goodpasture Christian School. The school has a rich tradition and is well-known throughout the independent school world. We have an outstanding school community, which was validated by this week’s visit and feedback from the Accreditation Committee. While we have a great history, I also believe God has great things in store for us going forward. I am ready to get started!” said Dr. Bixenman.
About Goodpasture Christian School
Goodpasture Christian School is a private Christ-centered school located in Madison, Tennessee, just a few minutes north of Nashville. It first opened as East Nashville Christian School in September 1966. During the 1967-1968 school year B.C. Goodpasture, editor of the Gospel Advocate, was added to the board of directors. Later, the school was formally named B.C. Goodpasture Christian School in honor of Mr. Goodpasture’s outstanding contribution as a church leader, lecturer, and author.
The mission of the GCS faculty, students, and parents is to collaboratively build relationships with Jesus, provide academic excellence, and develop the skills to prepare students for Christian service to others. GCS students are provided with multiple opportunities to excel in academics, athletics, and the arts as we serve an awesome God!
Marty Rothschild, Director
GCS Search Committee