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CPA Headmaster Is Retiring After Nearly 30 Years

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) Headmaster Richard Anderson looks on proudly as 8th graders perform in the annual program where they pay homage to the 1940's.

"What's wonderful about that is to look at those 8th graders and mentally project them into high school," he said.

Being a part of a student's growth is one of the reasons why Anderson has stayed at CPA for 28 years.

"Yes I believe that young fellow's beard is red," Anderson said while pointing to his picture in the 1985-1986 school yearbook.

Now the school's founding Headmaster has announced he's retiring.

"We weren't sure from year one to year two if we would make it, if there would be enough interest," Anderson remembered.

When the school opened in 1985 there were 124 kindergarten through sixth graders. Now there are more than 1200 students from Pre-K through the 12th grade.

"I think Richard has been an example of leave it better than you found it," Nathaniel Morrow said. Morrow is currently the high school principal and assistant Headmaster. He's been chosen to succeed Anderson.

"I want to make sure I embrace that same concept of leave it better than I found it during my tenure here," Morrow said.

Back in 1985 Anderson, a former public school principal, never intended on getting back into administration.

"There's an old saying, make your words sweet, you might have to eat them," Anderson said.

But he answered the call that took his life to a place he'll always be a part of. Anderson is not retiring until June 2014. Then he'll hold the title of Headmaster Emeritus, which he jokes is not Latin for "put out to pasture." He plans to continue to be very involved with the school, it will just be at a slower pace.

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