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Dr. James Whitfield has been named principal at Colleyville Heritage High School and will serve his first year in 2020-2021. Trustees approved the recommendation during the board meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020. 

“Over the last school year, Dr. Whitfield has brought a new level of energy and excitement in the Heritage Middle School community,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent. “He is a tremendous leader and we are excited for him to have the opportunity to lead one of our comprehensive high schools.”

This appointment returns Dr. Whitfield to Colleyville Heritage High School, where he served as an assistant principal during the 2018-2019 school year. Prior to joining GCISD, Dr. Whitfield was a leadership development strategist with The Flippen Group, which focuses on providing expert coaching and training to school districts, Fortune 500 companies, governments, sports teams and non-profits. He also served as the principal of Richland Middle School, assistant principal at North Ridge Middle School and spent seven years in the classroom as a world geography teacher at Richland High School.

In addition to inspiring students in the classroom, Dr. Whitfield also inspires educators and future leaders as a Ron Clark Academy Keynote Speaker. He also presents at national conferences, such as Get Your Teach On. 

“It has been such a pleasure to serve the staff, students, and families of HMS this school year! I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish together and I hope each and every Bronco knows how special they are to me,” said Dr. Whitfield. “I’m so honored to be selected as the new principal at Colleyville Heritage High School. I look forward to re-engaging with my Panther Family to further build upon the tradition of excellence that exists.” 

He earned his bachelor's degree in social science and a masters degree in educational leadership from Southwestern Adventist University. In December 2018 he earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University.