MNPS Announces New District Organizational Structure
Dr. Adrienne Battle, Metro Nashville Public Schools interim director of schools, today announced a refreshed organizational structure and several changes in leadership roles.
“A strong organizational structure designed with student learning, teacher practices, principal practices and central office practices at its core is a proven formula for student academic achievement. These changes and leadership placements will allow us to support these four critical areas. In addition, the new organization chart for school support reflects the twin goals of directing support to elementary, middle and high schools, while keeping the geographic responsibilities of the executive directors.
“I have always liked the simplicity of centering our focus on our students and valuing the talents of our team. Central office should be a true support system for the needs of our schools and for all employees. I am making these changes with this goal in mind. This new structure provides district leaders with the framework for leading with purpose, transparency and integrity so we can improve districtwide instructional practices and accelerate learning for all students.
I look forward to working with this new team of talented educators. We have promising and great days ahead of us,” Dr. Battle said.
In addition, the new organization chart for school support reflects the twin goals of directing support to elementary, middle and high schools, while keeping the geographic responsibilities of the executive directors.
|Chris Henson, Chief Operating Officer/Chief of Finance
Chris Henson has been with MNPS for nearly 20 years, and currently oversees the operations, facilities, and finance departments, including development and management of the district’s operating and capital improvement budgets. Under his leadership, MNPS was the first school district in Tennessee to be awarded the Meritorious Budget Award for Excellence by the Association of School Business Officials International. Henson is a long‐time member of the State Board of Education’s Basic Education Program (BEP) Review Committee and serves as past president of the Tennessee Association of School Business Officials. He graduated with honors from Trevecca University.
|Tony Majors, Chief of Human Resources
Dr. Majors was named to the chief of Human Resources post earlier this year. He is a 25-year veteran of the district and has served students and staff as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and executive officer of student support services. He most notably led Glencliff High School to receive the National Coalition Community Schools of Excellence Award during his time as principal and, more recently, in his role over Support Services, the district’s Community Achieves initiative won the National Coalition Community Schools of Excellence Award for District Initiative of the Year. A graduate of Antioch High School, Majors completed undergraduate work at Tennessee State University as a college athlete and completed his doctorate at Lipscomb University.
|David Williams, Interim Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Williams was named Chief Academic Officer this month. Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, his master’s degree from Wake Forest University, and his doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University. Williams has attended and taught in MNPS schools, serving as a math teacher, an instructional coach and director of mathematics. He also worked for the Tennessee Department of Education for three years. Most recently, he was the executive officer of curriculum and development.
|Hank Clay, Chief of Staff
Hank Clay is returning to MNPS to serve as chief of staff. He previously oversaw the district's government relations. Most recently, Clay led a team across the state at Communities In Schools of Tennessee, which partners with schools to coordinate wrap-around services to reduce chronic absenteeism. Clay began his career working for the Tennessee Comptroller's Office and the Tennessee Department of Education. He has master's degrees in public administration and social work from the University of Georgia.
|Sharon Griffin, Chief of Innovation
Dr. Sharon W. Griffin served as the state of Tennessee’s first assistant commissioner of School Turnaround and chief of the Achievement School District for the Tennessee Department of Education. In 2012, she became the first African-American female regional superintendent of the innovation schools for Shelby County Schools in Memphis. In January 2017, she was appointed to serve as the first chief of schools for Shelby County Schools. Griffin has more than 27 years of educational experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and regional superintendent.
|Pippa Merriwether, Associate Superintendent-Elementary Schools
Dr. Meriwether most recently served as the community superintendent of the northwest quadrant. She holds master’s, educational specialist and doctorate degrees from Tennessee State University, and has more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. A veteran of MNPS since 1995, Dr. Meriwether has served as a Title I tutor, classroom teacher and behavior specialist, a principal and an executive lead principal.
|Damon Cathey, Associate Superintendent-Elementary Schools
Dr. Damon Cathey most recently served as the community superintendent for the northeast quadrant. Cathey’s career with MNPS includes time spent as an assistant principal, principal, executive principal, and the chief academic officer for the district’s priority schools. Cathey’s 20+year education career has included leadership roles in charter schools, private schools and Kingsport City Schools. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis, an administrative certification from Tennessee State University, and a doctorate from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
|Michelle Springer, Associate Superintendent-Middle Schools
Dr. Springer has nearly 20 years of experience in education and has served MNPS in many capacities, including: a teacher, special education coach, instructional facilitator, assistant principal, principal and principal supervisor. Most recently, she served as an executive director of school support and improvement in the Cane Ridge cluster and, finally, as the interim community superintendent for the southeast quadrant.
|Schunn Turner, Interim Associate Superintendent-High Schools
Dr. Turner has been with Metro Nashville Public Schools since 1995 and has taught at Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a long-time teacher and administrator, having served as the principal of Martin Luther King Jr., Magnet School, the coordinator of gifted services and the executive officer of school choice.