New Head of School Named by Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Day School is excited to announce that Brian Smith will assume the position as Head of School for First Presbyterian Day School following the retirement of Gary Herring.  Gary has served in that position since 1987 and has led a school which is widely known for providing academic excellence and spiritual nourishment.  Brian Smith has over 20 years of experience in education in Mississippi, and he joins First Presbyterian Day School after an extensive search throughout the South.  Brian was unanimously approved by the First Presbyterian Day School Board of Trustees and the Session of First Presbyterian Church.  

Brian earned his undergraduate degree in English from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, his Master’s degree in secondary education at Milligan College in Milligan, Tennessee, and he is currently pursuing his doctorate in education at Belhaven University.  Since June of 2013, Brian has served as secondary principal at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Prior to moving to Hattiesburg, Brian spent 16 years at Madison-Ridgeland Academy in various roles including Bible teacher, elementary principal, and middle school principal.  Brian is joined by Kim, his wife of 18 years, and his two children, Carter, who is in the 8th grade, and Taylor, who is in the 6th grade, and both attend Presbyterian Christian School.

Brian said that he “accepted this position because the school believes in its mission to sow seeds in the lives of young people in Christ’s name.  We have an awesome opportunity to do this every day at a foundational stage of our students’ lives.”

Max Bowman, a member of the Search Committee, said: “Brian is an outstanding Christian educator, and his career path has uniquely qualified him to be the Head of School for First Presbyterian Day School.  He has over 20 years of experience and has served and led Christian schools in our community and state.  He has a stellar reputation for strong Christian leadership and the highest commitment to excellence in education.”

Phillip Parker, also a member of the Search Committee, shared that “Brian has demonstrated the ability and consistent desire throughout his career to invest himself positively in the lives of the teachers and students under his care, and we are excited to announce his appointment.”

I believe the Lord in His providence has provided a Godly leader to continue the excellent leadership which we have enjoyed for over 50 years.  Brian will assume this position on July 1, 2018, and will continue to serve Presbyterian Christian School until that time.  

Please join me in praying for Brian, Kim, Carter, and Taylor and welcoming them to the First Presbyterian Day School family.


T. Calvin Wells
Chairman, Board of Trustees