AKRON, IN – The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation board of trustees unanimously approved during a July 10 meeting Chad Cripe to be the new principal of Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS).
Cripe comes to Tippecanoe Valley from Manchester Junior Senior High School (MJSHS) where he served as assistant principal. During his time at MJSHS, he was highly involved with Professional Learning Communities and adding dual credit and AP classes to the curriculum. Cripe is also a certified School Safety Specialist.
“He brings with him a solid high school background, the ability to establish strong individual relationships, a solid work ethic, high integrity and moral values, and the dedication necessary to bring out the best in students and staff,” said Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Superintendent Brett Boggs.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Cripe taught numerous high school social studies courses during 14 years as a classroom teacher and was a head varsity boys’ basketball coach at East Noble High School and New Prairie High School.
“There were many characteristics of TVHS that attracted me to the school and community. The two areas that stood out the most were the rich history of academic excellence and the family atmosphere of the community,” said Cripe.
Cripe earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2002, followed by a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Ball State University in 2013. He is currently working on a doctorate degree in education administration and supervision from Ball State University that he plans to complete in the fall of 2019.
“Chad has the personality, skills and abilities to be an outstanding high school principal. We are glad to have him join us as a member of the Tippecanoe Valley family,” said Boggs.
Cripe replaces Dr. Michael Bendicsen who served as TVHS principal for the past three years. Bendicsen submitted his resignation in May and will serve in an administrative role with Fort Wayne Community Schools.
“I am looking forward to meeting new people, celebrating success and embracing the challenges that come with being a principal,” said Cripe.
SOURCE: News release from Tippecanoe Valley High School