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2018-2019 State of the School Address


Providence Academy Welcomes Vincent Dial to Lead Drumline Program

June 12, 2019
By Providence Academy

Earlier today, Head of School Ben Holland announced the hiring of community leader, Reverend Vincent Dial to pioneer the new percussion program at Providence Academy. Mr. Dial stated about the position, “It’s a new adventure for myself and for Providence. I feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity to work at Providence and with one of my former students—Mr. Ben Holland. I think as the program grows it will be one that everyone can be very proud of.”

Rev. Dial holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Carson Newman College (now University) and a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration from East Tennessee State University. He retired from the Johnson City School System after serving as a middle-school band director and program leader throughout the county, an assistant principal at Science Hill, and lead principal at Northside Elementary. He has also served as the Chaplain for the Science Hill football team and the minister at Bethel Christian Church.

During his time at Carson Newman, Dial also played football and was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1972-1973, All-Conference with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), an honorable mention All-American, and a member of the Letterman’s Club. Upon graduation, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974 but was released due to a career ending leg injury. 

Reverend Dial has since spoken at, performed at, and been a spiritual leader at a myriad of local events, university chapels, and community outreach programs. Mr. Holland stated, “It’s an honor to have such a talented musician, skilled educator, and man of God here at PA.”