Faculty/Staff News

Faculty/Staff News


University School welcomes our new director, Dr. Troy Knechtel:

Dr. Troy Knechtel named University School director

    Troy Knechtel                  


JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Troy Knechtel is the new director of University School at East Tennessee State University.

Knechtel comes to ETSU from the Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he was principal at Coyote Canyon Elementary School, a K-4th grade school with an enrollment of nearly 800.  Prior to that, he was principal of Pomeroy Elementary School, a K-6th grade institution in the Milpitas (California) Unified School District.  He also spent two years in Alaska as principal of Glennallen Junior/Senior High School in the Copper River School District.

In addition, he has held assistant principal positions at Moreland Middle School District and San Jacinto High School.  Prior to entering administration, he spent 13 years as a math teacher and coach in the Beaumont and San Jacinto unified school districts.

Knechtel received his B.A. degree in business economics from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, followed by an M.A. degree in curriculum and instruction at Chapman University in Moreno Valley (California), where he also completed requirements for administrative services credentialing.  In 2010, he was awarded his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Azusa (California) Pacific University.

He has held adjunct faculty positions at Concordia University, National University and California Baptist University.

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Knechtel will be assuming the position of director of University School,” said Dr. Bert C. Bach, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.  “He is an experienced principal and academic leader who comes to University School with broad administrative experience in elementary, middle school and secondary schools.   A strong academician who has extensive experience with all socioeconomic levels, Dr. Knechtel met – in the eyes of the search committee that supported his candidacy – all criteria that ETSU had posted in the listing for this important leadership position.”

University School is governed under the auspices of the ETSU Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education.  In 1996, the school became the first K-12 laboratory school in the nation to implement a year-round calendar. In recent years, University School has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing superior academic achievement.

U.S.News & World Report recently ranked University School sixth in the state, placing it as the top high school east of Knoxville in Tennessee.




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