CPA is pleased to announce John Patton has joined the executive leadership team as Associate Head of School–Advancement joining Associate Head of School–Operations Matt Moore and Associate Head of School–Education Dr. Marcia Sutton in their collaboration with Head of School Nate Morrow.
John (CPA ’00) comes to CPA with a highly diverse set of professional skills and experience. Most recently, John has worked in K-12 education reform helping expand school choice options for all Tennessee children. Early in his career, he started as a high school teacher/coach before transitioning to higher education administration at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. John is also proud to have helped found a new school, Kings Academy, focused on providing a classically-inspired Christian education to an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body in Southeast Nashville. John also spent several years in business working for both large and small companies in consulting and investing, gaining valuable technical and operational acumen.
“The mission of CPA is the anchor of our identity as a school. I am thrilled to add John Patton to our executive team to help lead us forward while maintaining our deep roots. His diverse expertise, breadth of experience, and long history with CPA are exactly what is needed to complete our Advancement team. What I love most about John is how he sees this position through a stewardship lens. Stewarding our mission to the city, stewarding families with their giving and volunteerism, stewarding prospective families throughout the admissions process, and stewarding connection with our broader community,” says Head of School Nate Morrow.
John is a Nashville native and was baptized and raised at Christ Presbyterian Church. He is one of nine siblings who all graduated from CPA between 1993 and 2011. John holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Covenant Theological Seminary, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA from the University of Tennessee. His wife Annie works as an executive search consultant. Their four children will attend CPA this fall in grades 9, 7, 5, and 4.
“I am thrilled to return to a place that was so formative for me. CPA's mission of assisting families to know the Triune God and evaluate life and knowledge in light of his truth is one that resonates with me deeply. I'm looking forward to working with the phenomenal Advancement team at CPA, supporting executive leadership, and I am excited for the season ahead," says John.
The Advancement office houses the Academy’s primary outward-facing administrative teams: Enrollment, Communications, Development, Alumni Relations, Camps & Programs, and Merchandising. John values the core tenets of CPA’s mission and the ethos of the CPA experience, and we look forward to the many ways his perspective as an alumni, parent, and strategic leader will inform the growth of the Academy.