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Francis Howell announces new chief academic officer


Dr. Nathan Hoven

As of July 1, Francis Howell School District has a new chief academic officer, Dr. Nathan Hoven. Hoven replaced Nicole Whitesell, who was hired as the director of the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies [CAPS] program.

In his new role, Hoven will guide instructional improvement and student achievement, as well as oversee professional development, special programs and student support services.

“I am extremely excited to join the Francis Howell team,” Hoven said. “The district achieves at a high level, and that is a testament to the great people they have who devote every day to helping students grow.”

Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris served as the district’s chief academic officer for a decade before being named to her current position in 2016. She understands the rigors and requirements of the job.

“I have confidence in Dr. Hoven’s leadership abilities and believe he will be an asset to our district as we focus on our new strategic plan,” Hendricks-Harris said.

Hoven joins Francis Howell from the Wentzville School District, where he served as the assistant superintendent of human resources for the past three years. Prior to that position, he was the principal of Timberland High from 2012-2015, and the principal at Rolla High from 2008-2012. Hoven also has served as an assistant principal, math teacher and coach in the Pattonville School District. Hoven holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a master’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri.

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CORRECTION: Francis Howell School District’s Independence Elementary and Wentzville School District’s Discovery Ridge Elementary each have been named a National School of Character by Character.org. In the June 27 issue of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Discovery Ridge was identified as belonging to the Fort Zumwalt School District. Mid Rivers Newsmagazine regrets this error.

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