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CAK Announces New Development Director

For immediate release 

March 30, 2015 (Knoxville, TN) - Christian Academy of Knoxville is pleased to announce that Craig Collier has been hired as its new Development Director and will start in a part- time capacity on April 1 and looks forward to serving full time beginning July 1.

“It is an honor to be joining the development team and I look forward to serving the school and coming alongside all the wonderful CAK families / staff,” Collier said.  

Craig is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and attended Briarwood Christian School, where he and his family were very involved in the life and ministry of the school. He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and soon after transitioned to Knoxville where he met his wife Lyn.  They have been married for 20 years and have four children, Anne Lauren (19), Emmy (17), Ford (14) and Mac (9). Craig and Lyn and their children have been integrally involved in the school over the last 15 years and Anne Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from CAK last year. 

“Betweeen my experience at Briarwood and watching my children learn and grow through their years at CAK, I have been deeply impacted by Christian education and I believe strongly in the mission and vision of CAK,” Collier said. “Lyn and I feel that God has uniquely tasked us as parents to be the primary teachers and role models for our children of what it means to follow Christ. We count it a privilege to have a school that we can partner with to help educate and develop our children into young men and women who will follow the Lord in all of their relationships and career opportunities.” 

Professionally, Craig has been involved in business development for more than two decades. He began his career in Knoxville with Contech Engineered Solutions and worked there for 15 years. Receiving some of the highest awards from the company, Craig’s success was centered around developing long term relationships with customers and meeting their needs. In 2006, he purchased a franchise called Fitness Together and opened the first location in Knoxville at the end of that year. He opened a second location in 2008 and has been focused on providing excellence in the area of personal fitness for the clients of Fitness Together. 

“I am very excited to have Craig join our team,” said CAK Head of School Bob Neu. “It only takes a few seconds to figure out how much he both loves CAK and wants to further our mission. I am confident he will do a fantastic job of continuing to build the community and connections of our school family.” 

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