Heritage Preparatory School in Midtown Monday announced the appointment of the Rev. Soo Chang as its new head of school. He started last month and replaced interim Head of School Lee Cox, who moved back to Charleston, S.C.
Chang also replaced former Head of School Davies Owens, who in July 2012 left for the Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho, where he is head of vision and advancement and dean of upper schools.
With 13 years of experience in classical Christian education, Chang is well qualified to continue fulfilling the mission of Heritage, a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school: “To provide academically able students with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love and practice that which is true, good and excellent and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.”
Chang joins Heritage from Christ Covenant School in Winterville, N.C., where he served as head of school for a year and a half. He also served as director of admission, chaplain, professor of Bible church history and systemic theology for a total of eight years at The Cambridge School in Dallas, Texas.
The search for a permanent head of school began in spring 2012.
“As the board conducted its due diligence with Soo, it became apparent that God was leading us both to one another,” said Woody Faulk, Heritage’s board president. “We already knew the type of leader we were diligently and prayer-fully seeking. We wanted an organizational leader with a rare mix of practical business experience, appropriate academic stature and a mature pastoral heart. In addition, we preferred someone with experience in classical education. This was a tall order for a head of school, and few candidates could match that background; yet God has delivered such an individual in Soo Chang.”
Chang added, “I am excited about the unique opportunity I have been given to serve a school that is passionately committed to equipping a new generation of Christian leaders.”
His academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Christian education from the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif.
He has served as an assistant vice president with Bank of America in Beverly Hills, Calif.; a senior pastor with the Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md.; and founder and CEO of Aqua Systems International Inc. Chang’s career path led him to education, when he and his wife, Cathy, moved to Dallas to educate their three sons with a classical Christian college-preparatory education.