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Tucker Brings 26 Years of Adventist Education to the Network

Posted on July 1st, 2011

The Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) is partnering with school administrators, local school boards and conferences to create The Renaissance Network. The start-up team for the Renaissance Network includes Wendel Tucker, David Daniels and Greg Gerard. Tucker retired June 30 as superintendent of the Alvord Unified School District to lead the launch of the Renaissance Network.

The purpose of the Network is to “rebirth” Adventist secondary education into a network of Adventist academies that deliver excellence in the educational, spiritual, academic, social, and physical development of our students. The Network will provide resources and management expertise to schools.

The interim team will be considered part-time until a full-time leadership team is established for the Renaissance Network. Daniels, principal of Takoma Academy, and Gerard, principal of Georgia-Cumberland Academy, will partner with Tucker as-needed while continuing in their current roles as school principals.

Tucker has been serving as a superintendent in Riverside, California, since 2008, which followed four years as assistant superintendent for the same district. He holds almost 20 years of experience in the public school system, along with an additional 26 years specifically in Adventist education.

Prior to his days in Alvord, Tucker served as principal of two public schools and three Seventh-day Adventist academies. He served as vice president for advancement and university relations at La Sierra University. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and teaches organizational behavior and leadership for La Sierra University in their schools of business and education. As an alum of Pacific Union College, Tucker moved into a career in the Seventh-day Adventist school system by teaching at Pacific Union Preparatory School.

Tucker leaves Alvord being noted as a “visionary” by Ben Johnson, Alvord Unified School District board president. Johnson said Tucker has done a great job. Under his leadership in Alvord, Tucker accomplished $350 million worth of facility projects for the school district.

Tucker is well-known in his community, where he currently serves in numerous capacities. He is president of the Riverside Public Library Trustees and Foundation Board, as well as serves as chair of the Mayor’s Highest Education Business Council, Community of Colleges and Universities Sub-committee in Riverside. He is a member of Riverside’s Mayor’s Strategic Plan Steering Taskforce and the Mayor’s Advisory. Tucker is also a member of the La Sierra University Foundation.

Undoubtedly, Tucker will lend much knowledge and expertise to the AAF Board of Directors as they continue to partner and establish the groundwork for the Renaissance Network.

Tucker’s new role on the Renaissance Network leadership team for AAF will begin immediately. In fact, Tucker has already been in regular conversation with the interim principal for the first pilot school to join the Renaissance Network this fall.

“I’d expected to ease into retirement for two to three months, and selection of the first pilot school came a little sooner than expected,” Tucker said. “But my energy level is great and this is a wonderful challenge.”

AAF Director Melanie Litchfield said Tucker is currently working with the school’s interim principal to develop a summer recruitment and staffing plan for the 2011-2012 school year, as well as plans for a campus face-lift.

“He has a lot of expertise in facility improvements, which will serve the school well,” Litchfield said. “He takes a lot of time to ask questions and fully investigate various options before settling on a course of action. He really wants to help the Foundation build something that lasts.”

Tucker will continue to reside in Riverside, California, with his wife, Janis. He will commute to the first Network school on a part-time basis as plans continue to develop for the 2011-2012 school year. Tucker said he is excited to be laying the foundation for opportunities the school could not otherwise afford on their own.

“We believe in specific markets, the Adventist academies should be the Christian school of choice,” Tucker said. “We are going to be very objective and realistic… but our long-range plan is to create centers of excellence.”

Release of the first pilot school and more details are to come. Local school boards who wish to join the program in 2012 may apply to join the Network next month. A partnership will be established with the Network through a contractual agreement.

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2 Responses to “Tucker Brings 26 Years of Adventist Education to the Network”

  1. Judith E. Nelson says:

    I would like to contact Dr. Tucker, thanks–

  2. Esther Sias says:

    Have any initiatives been taken to include day schools, junior academies?

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