HCA Names New Headmaster

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Hendersonville Christian Academy welcomes new leadership.

After 21 years of service as headmaster at Hendersonville Christian Academy (HCA), William Slater is retiring this year. HCA announces John Goodale as the new headmaster starting this fall.

Goodale is coming to Sumner County from Hawaii. There, he’s been the principal of the Ko’olau Baptist Academy (KBA) for 28 years. Prior to earning a master’s degree in educational administration from Liberty University, he got his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga. Before his journey into higher education, Goodale served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976 – 1979.

John Goodale

Goodale’s Leadership Background

In addition to his leadership at KBA, Goodale spent 16 years as president of the American Association of Christian Schools in Hawaii. He’s been a board member of the Hawaii Council of Private Schools who also has extensive experience as a conference speaker. Furthermore, Goodale assists schools with accreditation, marketing and faculty development.

“I look forward to leading the fine team at HCA,” Goodale says. “I am eager to get involved with the community in Hendersonville. Sumner County has so much to offer. My wife and I are looking forward to settling into this great community,” he adds.

Goodale’s wife, Selene, is a Hawaii native who was also a student at Tennessee Temple University. The Goodales have two grown children. Their son lives in Virginia Beach, and their daughter, son-in-law and first grandchild live in nearby Murfreesboro.

HCA is located at 355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville. For more info about the school, call 615-824-1550 or visit hcacrusaders.com.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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