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Ben Lippen School names headmaster

Staff Report
Published Dec. 12, 2012

Chip Jones has been named the new headmaster of the Ben Lippen School in Columbia, effective July 1.

Chip Jones, Headmaster of Ben Lippen School
Chip Jones
Jones is a 33-year veteran of Christian education who has served in a variety of educational roles, including administrator, teacher and athletics coach.

Most recently, Jones was the secondary campus principal at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Miss. Prior to that, Jones was the founding headmaster of Christ Covenant School in Jackson, Miss.

Jones holds a master’s degree in school administration from the Reformed Theological Seminary; a master’s degree in history and political science from the University of Mississippi; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss.

“Chip has a desire to foster relationships internally with students, parents and teachers, as well as externally with the community,” said Bill Jones, the board chairman of the school. “Those are essential qualities as we move Ben Lippen forward through new strategic initiatives.”

Jones replaces Mickey Bowdon, who is retiring. Bowdon has served Ben Lippen since 2005, first as vice president for Christian school education and then as headmaster beginning in 2011.

Ben Lippen School is a Christian, college preparatory school of almost 800 students in grades pre-K through 12, and is a ministry of Columbia International University.