By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The new leader of Tupelo Christian Preparatory School said he’s determined to get the school more involved in the city.
The private school announced on Friday that it had hired Brian Benscoter as its new headmaster.
He comes from Shades Mountain Christian School in Hoover, Ala., where he had served as pre-K through 12th-grade principal. Benscoter has been at the Birmingham-area school since 1992 and has served as teacher, campus pastor and administrator.
He said he “fell in love with the community and the city” on his visit to TCPS for his interview.
“I’m very impressed with the progress they’ve made so far,” he said of the school that opened its doors in 1988. “We’ll be kicking it up.
“I want to get the academics more rigorous so the kids are better prepared for college. I’m excited about the opportunity to get the kids and the school more involved in Tupelo.”
Benscoter’s tenure began on July 1, according to a news release sent by the school on Friday. TCPS plans to introduce him on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
He replaces David Culpepper, who was let go in January after five years at the school.
The Board of Trustees received applications from about 50 candidates and interviewed eight, said Sara Talton, board vice chairman.
“He is very personable and genuinely cares about people,” said Talton, who chaired the search committee. “That quality, combined with his educational experience, attracted us the most to him.”
Benscoter is an Air Force veteran with training as a cadet at the Air Force Academy. He has a bachelor of religious education degree from William Tyndale College and two masters degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary.