James Jay Secor, III
As one of The Education Group Executive Coaches, Jay is known not only for his outstanding career in Episcopal schools, but for his visionary achievements, dynamism and drive as Founding Headmaster of two independent Episcopal-affiliated schools. Ethos, pathos and logos are TEG coaching cornerstones of communication in which Jay excels, as well as imparting a triad of academic excellence, spiritual growth and personal integrity to his students and faculty.
Jay received his BA from Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and his M.Ed from James Madison University. Early in his career Jay taught and then served as Dean of Students at the Purnell School, Pottersville, New York. In 1980 he became the Assistant Headmaster of St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, Louisiana. The mission of the Preschool, Lower School and Middle School is to educate children - embodying perseverance, integrity, compassion and respect, values that foster lifelong learning and respect, involving the administration, parents, teachers and children in the educational process. In 1982, Jay became Assistant Headmaster at the Community School, St. Louis, Missouri. “Connect with Community” fosters student’s intellectual, emotional and creative growth and encourages their development as leaders of the next generation. In 1986, Jay became the Founding Headmaster of the Hunter McGuire School in Verona, Virginia, the K-5 Lower School of Stuart Hall, and was Headmaster for thirteen years. Touchstones of the school’s mission became integrity, enrichment and character - the school actively embraces diversity and fosters unity - part of Jay’s mission for Hunter McGuire, an Episcopal-affiliated independent school. In 1999, Jay was called to become the Founding Headmaster of the Episcopal School of Knoxville, Tennessee and served as Headmaster through 2015. A private, co-educational school for Pre-K through 8th grade, Jay founded ESK on an Episcopal identity - that the school is comprehensive and inclusive - values reason as a way to true understanding - has concern for the wellbeing of society - and that an Episcopal school is founded on love. He feels the mission of ESK is to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, enriching students’ intellectual, physical, cultural and spiritual growth so that they may realize their potential as children of God and citizens of the world.
Jay has been affiliated as member and chair of many organizations, including Virginia Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Episcopal Schools, Tennessee Association of Episcopal Schools, member of Rotary Club and several times Board Member, Member Chatham Hall Board of Trustees, Chair and member of various Evaluation “Visiting” Committees, United Way, Development Committee for Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, Strategic Advancement Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee, Endowment Board of Trustees, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo, Ohio.