HCA selects new headmaster


Kevin Kunst is ready for a new leadership role at Harrells Christian Academy and becoming a member of its community.

Kunst will begin his new duties at headmaster of the campus on July 1. In addition to providing spiritual leadership, some of Kunst’s responsibilities will include assisting the faculty, admissions, fundraising and making sure the students have the right curriculum.

The new challenge is something Kunst is looking forward to. During the interview process, his wife Judith was able to meet parents, board of trustees and other administrators.

“We were incredibly impressed by the people,” Kunst said about Harrells. “It’s just a great little community of people who are working really hard to provide a great education and atmosphere for young people who can grow through learning. We’re excited to be a part of that.”

His three sons will be attending HCA in the fall. Kunst has been in the education realm for many years, but having his children in the same school will be a new experience for him.

“My children have always been too young to be at the school I was working at,” he said.

With his children scattered at different schools, it’s a change he’s ready for.

“We’re trying to be a part of three different school communities and it’s really juggling our life,” he said. “We’re kind of running all over the place, trying to get to everybody’s events and do everything. I will have the opportunity to have all three of my boys under the same roof as me. It allows us to focus our efforts on one school community.”

Currently, Kunst is the assistant headmaster at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. Prior to working for the Midwestern school, Kunst was the director of athletics and the director of admissions for The Stony Brook School; director of studies for St. Andrew’s School; and teacher/vice-principal for West Houston Christian Academy. He believes his experience at the various schools prepared him for the next step at HCA.

“I think all of those roles combined have prepared me for wearing all the different hats that the headmaster of Harrells has to wear,” he said.

He’s also ready to continue his career in the South.

“We’re looking forward to North Carolina and frankly a little warmer weather than we have in northern Indiana,” Kunst said.

Kunst was born in New Jersey an grew up in a rural area of Long Island, N.Y. After graduating from high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Hampton-Sydney College in Virginia, which is one of the oldest colleges in the United States. Next, he earned a master’s in English from Rice University in Houston.