Writer & Independent School Executive

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My name is Chase Eddington, and I am a writer and education professional focused on the operational vitality of nonprofit, independent schools. Born and raised in East Texas, outside of Kilgore, I now live and work in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

 

In fall of 2021, I will be entering my eighth school year in education and my sixth in school administration. Over the past six years, I have worked with and led fundraising teams to raise over two million dollars in support of education in North Texas. As a nonprofit professional, I have played a major role in developing the strategies for educational and organizational success that have led to continuous organizational improvement at both the secondary and higher education levels.

 

Currently, I serve as the Director of Development, Communications, and Alumni Relations at 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 66% and annual giving growth of fifty percent. Previously, I 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 for Texas A&M University-Commerce and Midwestern State University.

 

In the classroom, I have taught Social and Emotional Learning, Rhetoric and Composition, and I have coached Elementary and Middle School co-educational basketball. 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. When not working on professional or creative pursuits, I enjoy playing backgammon, visiting botanical gardens, working in my sketchbook, and enjoying Dallas’ restaurant scene.