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Sullivan promoted to Harris principal

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

James J. Sullivan
(Submitted photo)
James J. Sullivan, the current assistant principal of Harris Middle School, has been named principal.

Sullivan succeeds Dr. Tracy Lampley, who has resigned the position effective in June. Sullivan came to Bedford County Schools in July 2011, at the same time as Lampley, to serve as assistant principal at Harris.


Prior to joining Bedford County Schools, he was a sixth grade science and math teacher at Blackman Middle School in Rutherford County. While in that position, he served as the acting assistant principal and dealt with discipline and administrative issues.

Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in child development and learning from Tennessee State University and a master's degree in educational leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. He has been accepted in the doctoral program at Lipscomb University.

'Changes' ahead

"There are numerous innovative and exciting changes planned for the Harris Middle School and we look forward to Mr. Sullivan being a major part of those plans," said School Superintendent Dr. Ray Butrum in a news release.

"His strong science and math background will be an asset as the school implements the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Mini-Magnet sixth grade this fall. Additionally, I am most impressed with Mr. Sullivan's exceptional organizational and planning skills."

Butrum told the school board last week that there were four applicants being interviewed from the position, only one of them -- presumably Sullivan -- from within the school system.