A star quarterback for the Commodores at Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s, Kurt Page excelled as a student-athlete. He still holds the Commodores’ single-season record for passing yards.
But for Page, there was more to life than just football.
“As a Christian, a coach and an educator, there is something bigger in life than just scoring a touchdown,” Page said.
Excelling on and off the field since his days as a Vanderbilt football star, serving as a head coach, athletic director and educator, Page will soon be adding another accolade to his resume: a doctorate.
Page is completing the final coursework to earn a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in leadership and professional practice at Trevecca.
In his 30-plus years as a coach and educator, Page has instilled values into young people across the country—on the field, in the weight room and the classroom.
After receiving his master’s degree in education at the University of Texas A&M, Page went on to become a teacher and football coach at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn., Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. (2002-05), St. Thomas in Houston, Texas (2007-08), and Monsignor Donovan in Athens, Ga. (2013-14).
Page also served as the athletic director for his high school alma mater at Nashville’s Father Ryan, started a football program at Monsignor Donovan Academy and served as head coach at Hillwood High School, where his youngest son, Hale Page followed in his father’s footsteps, starting as quarterback for the Hilltoppers.
Reflecting on his decades as a coach and educator, Page attributes much of his success to the coaches, teachers and mentors who helped inspire him to be better. In turn, those experiences have ignited a desire to invest in younger generations, just as his mentors poured into him.
“Based off of my experiences from coaches and teachers that really worked with me to excel is why I went into teaching,” Page said. “That really developed a passion and love in me to pour into kids based on the same inspiration that I received.”
This is exactly why Page chose to pursue Trevecca’s doctoral program (Ed.D.) in leadership and professional practice.
“I want to be a witness to my family and all the people I’ve coached and taught in the past and will hopefully inspire someone like my [mentors] did to me,” said Page.
Trevecca’s Ed.D. program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to become better equipped to lead in the communities where they serve. Offered 100 percent online or face-to-face, the program consists of 57 credit hours and is about 27 months in length.
The flexibility of the program has allowed Page to continue his work as an educator while furthering his leadership skills as an administrator. Recently, Page accepted a new position as headmaster of Fort Dale Academy in Greenville, Ala., where he’s been able to incorporate the skills he’s learned in the program into his work.
“This has been a program where every class I’ve attended, I’m applying to my job,” Page said.
One inspiring mentor to Page is a fellow Trevecca Ed.D. graduate, Dr. Eddie Krinson, who has been by Page’s side since serving as his high school football coach at Father Ryan.
“One of the most life-changing experiences for me was to attend Trevecca for my doctorate,” said Krinson. “It fed me personally and professionally in my journey of self-discovery and that was something I wanted for Kurt. He has a tremendous work ethic, and I believe Trevecca’s Ed.D. program will bring him continued success.”