Head of School & Board Winter Symposium


February 9-10, 2018


Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074

In Dillon II which is located at the rear of the Hinton building, Room 135. Click here for map of school. Hinton is building #2.


Crowne Plaza Suites Houston – Near Sugar Land, 9090 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074.

Click here to make online reservations by February 2nd and use code CLE to receive discounted room rates or call JohnPaul Jourard at (713) 995-0123.


Peter Baur

Peter Baur has been professionally involved in the field of independent school education for over thirty years. His tenure has been marked by firsthand experience in nearly every aspect of a kindergarten through grade twelve private schools including admission, college guidance, development, community service, capital campaigns, conferences, strategic planning, major events, marketing and public relations, camp director, teaching, and coaching.

Prior to coming to Faith Christian School in 2014, Peter spearheaded Westminster Academy’s (Memphis, TN) growth and development through active direction and participation in the strategic reassessment of its Mission, Vision, Purpose, and definition of Classical Christian education as it has grown from just over 100 students to over 300. Peter’s experience has led to other classical school’s seeking his expertise in areas ranging from strategic planning where he has facilitated numerous retreats and admission, college guidance, fundraising, board development, and event planning. Peter most recently served as Westminster Academy’s Headmaster.

Eric Cook

Eric Cook is from Lexington, Kentucky, but worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant Classical School in 2009. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught a wide variety of subjects in public schools and also served as an administrator. In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. He then moved to serve as Head of School at Covenant in Fort Worth. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director. In addition to his Head of School role, Eric is the Executive Director for the Society for Classical Learning. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William and Lincoln.

Brian Davis

Brian grew up in Kansas City, MO and made his way to Fort Worth by way of Texas Christian University where he studied philosophy and history. Brian served as the Director of Student Ministries at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church while earning his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas. Upon finishing seminary, he and his family moved to West Lafayette, IN to begin Reformed University Fellowship at Purdue University. They made their way back to Fort Worth in June 2013 when Brian became the Associate Pastor at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church. Two years later, Brian was called to be the Church Planter and Lead Pastor of a new church in central Fort Worth—Trinity Presbyterian Church. He’s married to Jeanette, and they’ve got three wonderful boys: Jack, Dustin, and Samuel.


Emory Latta

Emory and his wife Debbie are the parents of six grown children and grandparents to eight beautiful grandchildren. Emory is a native of Dothan, AL, and a career-long educator having served as a teacher, coach, and administrator in both public education and the classical Christian school movement. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in education and an M.S. degree in 2002 in Education Leadership from Troy University. He was the founding Principal of Providence Christian School in Dothan, AL in 1995, and has been the Head of School at PCS since 2005. Providence is a 1-12 classical Christian school and a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church, Dothan.

Leslie Moeller

Leslie Moeller is currently Head of Upper School at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She brings with her over 20 years of wide ranging leadership experience in education. She is the current Chairman of the Society for Classical Learning and was also the founding editor of the SCL Journal. At the Geneva School of Boerne, Texas, Leslie helped lead the school through dramatic growth over 13 years in multiple roles, including Chairman of the Board; Head of School; Capital Campaign Co-Chairman; founder and coach of Geneva’s nationally ranked debate program; and instructor of Senior Thesis, middle school language arts, informal logic, and debate. She holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree from U.Va. in English Literature and economics. Leslie and her husband, Eric, have three children.


Robert Sloan

Dr. Robert B. Sloan is president of Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Sloan and his wife Sue have seven adult children and more than 20 young grandchildren. He is an author, communicator, educator, and leader—all hats he has worn many times for a variety of reasons. These four areas represent life experiences that have provided him and his family with many memories. It is in the experiences of life that memories are made and lives are shaped.

Robert Sloan has a passion for Christian higher education and the spiritual formation of young people for the glory of God, which can be seen in both his professional and personal life.


Friday, February 9 – Head of School Symposium
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.          Coffee, light breakfast
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.      The Rhythms of Rest & Renewal – Brian Davis
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.     Your Leadership and the Liberal Arts – Dr. Robert Sloan
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.         Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.        Faculty Culture: The Key to Student Culture – Leslie Moeller
2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.        Facilitated Leadership Reflection – Peter Baur
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.          Reception @ The Sierra Grille & Bar (hotel restaurant)
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.          Dinner @ The Sierra Grille & Bar (hotel restaurant)


Saturday, February 10 – Head of School, Board Symposium
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.             Coffee, light breakfast
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.         Governance as Leadership – Eric Cook
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.         Nuts and Bolts of Governance – Leslie Moeller
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.           Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.           Generative Governance and Effective School Leadership – Emory Latta
2:35 p.m.-3:30 p.m.           Facilitated Leadership Reflection – Peter Baur


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Head Symposium Only (Fri): $150
Head Symposium & Board Training (Fri & Sat): $250
Board Training Only (Sat): $200
Reception & Dinner at Sierra Grille & Bar (Fri): $50