Thursday, April 5, 2012
Gunn coming back to MA
By BARRY BURLESON
Tommy Gunn believes the third time is definitely the charm.
He will return to Marshall Academy June 1 for a third stint as the school’s headmaster. He will replace Jane Hubbard, the person who replaced him six years ago. Hubbard announced her resignation in early February, effective May 31.
“I’m excited and looking forward to it,” Gunn said. “I believe I can put a stamp on the school that will be positive.”
Gunn’s first headmaster job was at Marshall Academy at age 28. He left in 1982. He returned to MA in 2003 for a three-year stay. The past six school years he has served as headmaster at Heritage Academy in Columbus.
The 60-year-old said returning to Marshall is like “coming home.”
Gunn grew up in Walnut and his mother still lives there. His daughter, son-in-law and 15-month-old granddaughter live in DeSoto County.
“I’m getting back to the area where I was raised, and that’s important to me,” Gunn said. “We’re going to be a lot closer to our family.”
He said he did not know who is happier – his mom Kathryn, his wife Betsy, his daughter Paige or his son-in-law Eric. And, of course, the family’s pride and joy is little Emma Kathryn.
“We spend a lot of time up there already,” Gunn said.
“I think it’s a win-win for everybody – us as a family and the Marshall Academy family.”
He said the first priority is getting enrollment back up at MA.
“What the school needs, I believe I can do well,” he said. “I believe it’s a good fit. I want to get everybody on the same page. Hopefully we can put it all together.”
He said his time at Heritage has “been a blast.”
“I really didn’t anticipate leaving,” Gunn said. “But this happened, and I’m excited that it did happen. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody. We have built a lot of relationships there.”
He said he appreciates the work Hubbard has done at Marshall.
“I’ve known Jane for a long time,” Gunn said. “I know she’s been good for the school. She has done a good job, and I wish her well.”
Anita Barnett, president of the school board at Marshall Academy, also expressed appreciation to Hubbard and excitement about Gunn’s return.
“Jane Hubbard will be greatly missed,” Barnett said. “Jane has been such an asset to our staff and has done an exemplary job during her tenure.
“Since she has decided to follow other avenues, we are excited to announce Tommy Gunn’s return to Marshall Academy. We are looking forward to his energy and progressive leadership.”
Gunn said he expects to be in town this week, possibly Thursday, to visit the school and community.
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