The Prudent Leader

"The time with peers is invaluable. Arete is so important for school leaders. It provides an experience not found anywhere else.This retreat was one of the best training experiences I’ve encountered in 26 years of CCE. Thanks for your work!"
Leslie Collins
Head of School, Covenant Academy, Cypress, TX


about arete

Peter Drucker once wrote that “only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.” Great leaders bring order out of chaos and do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Most of the issues we face as leaders do not have obvious answers. Rules, policies, and incentives will never be sufficient to resolve the complex challenges we encounter. What we need is something deeper. We need the virtue of prudence, the ability to aim at the right end, make the right decision, and do it in the proper manner. 

Join us as we explore the concept of prudence and  what it means to be a prudent leader.

Our time together

The focus of our time together is discussion as we learn to put theory into practice. More than 50% of our time together will be discussion-based. As we have in Arete retreats of the past, we’ll use the proven-model of Critical Friends collaborative sessions and work through case studies based on actual school challenges as we put our decision-making skills to the test.

  • Interactive Table Discussions
  • Work Groups – ”Critical Friends” interactive sessions
  • Case Studies
  • Panel Presentations
  • Refreshing Fellowship with Friends & Peers

Suggested Pre-Reading

  1. First chapter of Josef Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues

Featured Speakers

Ronnie Long

Prior to coming to Regents in August of 2001, Ronnie served as a Youth and Family Pastor for ten years. He spent sixteen years in the classroom here at Regents teaching 5th grade for four years and SOL Bible for twelve. At the end of May 2017, he was named the Head of the School of Logic and in May 2019 he transitioned into the Head of Grammar role. Ronnie has been working with students since his days in college. He cannot imagine himself doing anything else. Ronnie loves spending his days working with and mentoring students. Ronnie and his wife have been married since 1997. They have two sons who keep them busy. Both of their children love to play sports, be outside, and laugh. Ronnie's hobbies and activities revolve around his family. They love to camp, play ball in the front yard and play sports on neighborhood teams and at school. The Longs live in the country and raise chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, turkeys and a donkey. This is more often than not a comedy of errors.

Nathan Carr

Mr. Carr began serving at Providence Hall in 2006, teaching secondary school math and science, functioning as Upper School Development Director and then Provost before becoming Headmaster for The Academy. Mr. Carr’s introduction to and subsequent love of great books occurred in the Western Civ classroom at Oklahoma Baptist University. After graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma, Nathan enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and earned a Masters of Arts in Religion. He has also completed post-graduate work at the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College, is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, St. John’s of Oklahoma City. Prior to St. James, Fr. Nathan served for two years as an assisting priest at All Souls, OKC, the sponsoring parish of his initial aspirancy and formation. He is married to Sarah, and they have six children.

Eric Cook

President of the Society for Classical Learning, Eric is also the Head of School at Covenant Classical in Fort Worth, TX where he has served for 12 years. Prior to Covenant, Eric was the Head of Upper School at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, VA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught history, political science, psychology, and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years. 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. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric has taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children.

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark, DLS, is the founder and President of The Ecclesial Schools Initiative, Inc. He believes his vocation as a Christian educator to be in service of the Church and the family as they seek to train children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Kevin’s Christian Classical Education experience spans 17 years, including 15 at The Geneva School, where he taught extensively and later became Academic Dean. He has been an Alcuin Fellow for the last 10 years and is also a teaching fellow at Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Kevin earned a doctorate from Georgetown University that focused on liberal arts education and interdisciplinary practice, and he is the coauthor of the book The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education. Kevin and his wife, Taryn, have four children—Aubrey, Caedmon, Naomi, and Eleanor.