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Blane Covert, Ed.D., has nearly 20 years of experience as both a teacher and administrator in NAIS member schools.


After earning a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in English Education, both from Harding University, Dr. Covert taught Upper School English at Pulaski Academy for nine years. In 2006, Dr. Covert earned an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and began his career in school administration. In 2009, he was tapped to serve as Dean of Students at Episcopal Collegiate School. In 2016, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. Dr. Covert most recently served as the Head of School at The Anthony School, the oldest non-sectarian, independent school in the state of Arkansas.

Throughout his career, Dr. Covert has been an active presence in the lives of his students and a significant contributor to the vitality of the schools he has served.  He has coached varsity tennis teams, mentored new teachers, worked on accreditation projects, and led students and parents on summer tours through both Europe and Australia.  

Dr. Covert’s teaching awards include The Meyer Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence, The St. Vincent College Excellence in Teaching Award, The Pulaski Academy Class of 2003 Favorite Teacher Award, and multiple selections to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In April of 2007, he received The Stephens Award, an honor presented by the City Education Trust of Little Rock to recognize excellence in classroom teaching.

In addition to being a sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of both replacement hiring and succession planning, Dr. Covert is the published author of The American Standard, an American Literature textbook used in private schools across the United States.

In his free time, Dr. Covert enjoys tennis, travel, and most anything written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.