Dr. Koonce came to Regent University with a proven record of leadership. A highly trained and decorated combat squad leader with the First Air Calvary Division in Vietnam during 1970-71 and leadership in sports and community activities. He taught health and physical education at the elementary, junior high and high school level and coached football, basketball, wrestling, soccer, track, tennis, gymnastics, and weight-training. Dr. Koonce has been an assistant principal at an alternative school and high school; principal at Georgetown Elementary, Crestwood Junior and Middle Schools, and Oscar Smith High School; and a director in the central office for Chesapeake (Virginia) Public Schools; concluding his public school career as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services and Personnel in Suffolk (Virginia) Public Schools. Dr. Koonce has been a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech University and The George Washington University, and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, Regent University, Tidewater Community College, and Old Dominion University where he directed the Tidewater Principal's Center.
Dr. Koonce has been recognized as Principal of the Year for the State of Virginia, President of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP); Boss of the Year several times in Chesapeake Public Schools; and Education Professor of the Year for the School of Education at Regent University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions; member and officer of many professional/community associations and organizations; graduate of a great number of professional educational leadership training programs; member/leader on three Virginia Governor's, one Virginia Attorney General's, and one Virginia Secretary of Public Education tasks forces; numerous Virginia Department of Education programs and activities; professional associations (at all levels); scorer for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and School Superintendents Assessment (SSA); and other state agency, university; national, state, regional and local activities on a vast array of topics. Dr. Koonce has been the: President of the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA); Chairman of the Virginia Education Coalition (VEC); President of the Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership (VPEL) and President of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP). Dr. Koonce is a Board Certified Auditor for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Lead Auditor for the Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP). Dr. Koonce is the author of Taking Sides – Clashing Views on Educational Issues. Research activities, consulting, publications, numerous presentations, etc. from the local level to international, and serving on the editorial review board and the Virginia state affiliate chair for the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) round out Dr. Koonce's extensive experiences. Dr. Koonce's personal interests include spiritual, family, community, and wellness activities of all kinds. He loves music, travel, and adventure, in no particular order. He is married to Suzanne and lives in Chesapeake, VA. His passion for leadership, influencing, and inspiring tomorrow's leaders, makes him an asset to the Regent University family of scholars.
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