Chip Stutzman is the brand new principal here at New Haven High School. Mr. Stutzman’s full name is Timothy Ryan Stutzman, and “Chip” is just a nickname he received as a child that has stuck through the years. He has two older brothers--Jay (50) and Chad (48)-- and a younger sister, Alisha (41). He also has two daughters: Taylor, who is 19 years old and a freshman at East Central College, and Ryan, who is a seventh grader at New Haven Middle School.
Mr. Stutzman graduated from Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1990. He then went on to attend Clarke Community College from 1990-1992, afterwards transferring to Hannibal LaGrange College. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1995.
After that, he went back to college to become a school administrator. He got his Master’s Degree in School Administration from William Woods University in 2006. Four years later, he also earned his Specialist Degree in School Administration from the same university.
When asked why he wanted to be a principal, Mr. Stutzman stated, “When I worked in Hermann, they were trying to start an A+ Program. The principal at Hermann, Gary Menke, came to me and encouraged me to apply for that job. I got the job and along with it came some administrative duties. It was during this time that I decided I wanted to pursue opportunities in School Administration. It was difficult at first, because I had to give up coaching to be an administrator. I became an assistant principal at Hermann High School and was later moved to the middle school to be principal there.”
Mr. Stutzman loves everything about New Haven. He says he enjoys the students, teachers, community, and administrative team. He also says everyone has been very welcoming to him and his family and that he is looking forward to continuing the Tradition of Excellence here at NHHS.
When asked why he wanted to work at New Haven High School, Mr. Stutzman pronounced, “Having worked in Hermann for 16 years, I have often admired some of the things New Haven has accomplished--state championships, Blue Ribbon Award, Tradition of Excellence, test scores, community support, etc. I always thought, in the back of my mind, that if there was ever an opportunity to work here, it was something I wanted to pursue. I came very close to applying for the principal job when Mr. Strobel retired, but the timing just wasn’t right for my family. This time, everything fell together.”
If that wasn’t enough information about our new principal, here are a few more interesting facts! His pet peeves are lateness, disrespect, and dishonesty. As a coach, he hates when people walk; as he says, it doesn’t take talent to hustle and work hard. In his free time, he likes to play sports, hunt, and fish. His favorite movies are sports movies, especially ones based on true stories. His favorite food is fried tenderloin and fries. Lastly, his favorite song is “Wait and See” by Brandon Heath.
In conclusion, Mr. Stutzman wanted to say that his door is always open to students, parents, teachers, and community members. He is very excited to be a Shamrock and looks forward to continuing the things that have helped make New Haven what it is today. Everyone may not agree, and that is okay. He promises every decision he will make will be what he feels is best for New Haven Schools.
Welcome to NHHS and the Shamrock family, Mr. Stutzman!