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Greg Sturgill named new Volunteer High principal

Rick Wagner • Jun 18, 2020 at 12:01 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Greg Sturgill, supervisor of attendance and homebound instruction for Hawkins County Schools, has been named the new principal of Volunteer High School in Church Hill. He has 22 years of experience in education, of which 19 years are in Hawkins County.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to step back into a principal position, especially at Volunteer High School,” Sturgill said in an email from Director of Schools Matt Hixson. “Our students are our biggest asset in Hawkins County Schools. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of VHS to help lead them into the future.”

Hixson said the appointment will be effective July 1. Current Volunteer Principal Bobby Wines, a 1982 graduate of Volunteer, will become principal at Carters Valley Elementary School.

Sturgill, a graduate of Rye Cove High School in Scott County, Virginia, taught in that county for three years before joining Hawkins County’s Church Hill Middle school as a teacher in 2001. Afterward, he was assistant principal at Church Hill Middle in 2007 and became the first principal of Church Hill Intermediate in 2010 before coming to central office to oversee attendance in 2012.  He earned his undergraduate degree from King College, now King University, in 1998, his master’s from Lincoln Memorial University in 2007. Then, he earned his Ed.S. in 2019 and doctorate in 2020, both from Carson-Newman University.

“We conducted two rounds of interviews, which included VHS staff and student input. I want to thank Mr. Tecky Hicks, board member, the staff and student representatives from VHS, and most importantly, the candidates for their hard work and dedication to this process,” Hixson said in the email. “We had an awesome group of candidates with varied and unique skill sets, who really did well through all aspects of the interviews. I am looking forward to seeing what the staff and students at VHS will do.”

Because of Sturgill’s appointment, Hixson said the school system will post the supervisor of attendance and homebound position within the next week. In addition, the school system is looking for a replacement for Jim Whalen, who stepped down as Volunteer’s athletic director but will remain a teacher and coach of swimming and golf. Sturgill said he is anxious to see who has applied for the athletic director’s position.

Sturgill’s current position also includes overseeing home school and migrant students issues for the school system.

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