Only days after it became public that Nashville Global Academy may have to relinquish its charter, Mayor Karl Dean appointed a CEO to lead the new charter school incubator.
The goal for the Center for Charter School Excellence in Tennessee is to support and help fund the development of high-performing public charter schools in Metro Nashville.
Greg Thompson, currently the program director for education for Hyde Family Foundations in Memphis, will serve as CEO. He has been with Hyde Family Foundations since 2006, overseeing the foundations’ kindergarten-12th-grade education investments, which include 16 charter schools, the Tennessee Charter Schools Association, Teach for America, The New Teacher Project and Building Excellent Schools, among others.
“Charter schools are only effective when they have the right leadership that knows how to set curriculum and at the same time, manage the operations and finances of the school,” Dean said. “Greg’s knowledge of business and finance, combined with his passion for education reform, will ensure the center is successful in its mission to cultivate highly skilled charter school operators.”
Dean launched the Center for Charter School Excellence in Tennessee in December as one of the reform initiatives supported by the Education First Fund that he established at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. It will be one of the nation’s first charter school incubators to operate statewide.