Writer & Independent School Professional
My name is Chase Eddington, and I am a writer and educator focused on the operational vitality of nonprofit, independent schools. As a development professional, I have raised over two and a half million dollars in support of North Texas schools. In fall of 2022, I will be entering my ninth school year in education and my seventh in school administration. During my career, I have played a major role in developing the strategies for educational and organizational success that have led to continuous organizational improvement at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels. These strategies have led, among other things, to improved curricular processes, streamlined budgets, and upgraded and expanded facilities.
Currently, I serve as the Director of Development, Communications, and Alumni Relations for the Selwyn School in Argyle, Texas, where I lead all of the school’s fundraising, annual giving, community relations, and communications. From 2018 until now, this sixty-four-year-old institution has seen enrollment growth of 88% while annual giving has more than doubled. Recent successes at Selwyn include a $175,000 pledge for an on-site dyslexia therapist, a funded Upper School diversity scholarship, and a six-figure Giving Day fundraising total. While at Selwyn, I also oversaw fundraising for the construction of a new Early Childhood Education building and a new dining hall.
Previously, I have worked as the Director of Research and Development at Bishop Dunne Catholic School, an inner-city school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, where I worked with admissions and development to increase the school’s brand awareness and annual giving. I have also worked in development and communications for Texas A&M University-Commerce and in the English department at Midwestern State University. In the classroom, I have taught Social and Emotional Learning to Middle School students, Rhetoric and Composition at the university level, and I have coached Elementary and Middle School co-educational basketball for the past three seasons.
On the page, my works have appeared in two books of poetry—A Willow Grows Aslant a Brook (Bowen Press, 2020) and A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the American South (Flutter Press, 2017)—as well as in The Historian, The Hunter's Horn, The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, and elsewhere. For my professional contributions to education and the arts, Midwestern State University in 2020 named me Distinguished Alumnus of the Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
When not working on professional or creative pursuits, I enjoy playing backgammon, visiting botanical gardens, working in my sketchbook, and enjoying Dallas’ restaurant scene. If you're interested in connecting, then please get in touch via the social links above or through the contact information on my résumé below.