Blane Covert, Ed.D., is announcing the launch of Academy Educational Consulting, a Little Rock-based firm that helps educational institutions nationwide manage the leadership succession process.
“With Headmaster tenure dropping, administrators retiring in unprecedented numbers, and fewer qualified candidates in the pipeline, leadership succession has become an increasingly difficult experience for boards charged with overseeing both public and private schools,” said Dr. Covert, an award-winning educator with nearly 20 years of experience as both a teacher and administrator at two highly regarded independent schools. “Academy Educational Consulting provides new ways to respond to this challenge.”
Dr. Covert founded Academy Educational Consulting after dedicating his doctoral research to the subject of Headmaster turnover. “The data revealed that most school board members have little or no experience evaluating candidates for Head of School positions,” said Dr. Covert. “I realized that this experience gap could be bridged by helping board members gain the skills and perspective needed to better manage the search and selection process.”
The company’s proprietary research-based methodology, the first of its kind in the nation, teaches boards how to communicate with search firms more productively, conduct searches more thoroughly, and vet candidates more effectively. “Our goal is to help school boards take control of the leadership succession process, make hiring decisions with more confidence, and minimize the negative effects of turnover,” added Dr. Covert.
Dr. Covert holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Harding University, an Ed.S. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. 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.
Academy Educational Consulting serves clients nationwide from offices in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information, call 501-230-0881 or visit www.academyeducationalconsulting.com.