John McCoy

Dean and Professor (2011)


BA, Atlantic Union College
MS, University of North Carolina
EdD, State University of New York


Phone: 423.236-2444

John McCoy attended church school most of his elementary life, graduated from Union Springs Academy, attended Andrews for one year, then finished at Atlantic Union College.  He obtained a BS degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Religion from AUC and immediately went into teaching and being a boys’ dean. He taught Religion 1, American, and World History, the start to his teaching career. He obtained a Master’s in Human Development and Learning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while he was the principal of Kilgore Adventist School. He then moved to New York where he obtained his doctorate degree in Educational Administration and a minor in Communications. He took a break from working in church schools and entered public education where he served as a principal, school performance officer, area superintendent, chief operating officer, and Superintendent.

After 20 years of public education, he returned to SDA education to his current position as Dean of the School of Education and Psychology.  He continues his work ethic that “it’s all about the students”. He says how can you go wrong if your focus is on the achievement of the students and what’s best for them. He felt at home almost instantly as he settled into his position and exchanged dialogue with his colleagues and realized the degrees of separation in the Adventist community are not much more than two or three.

He enjoys traveling with his wife of 40+ years Jan, and is active in sports such as cycling and basketball. His son followed his footsteps and is a teacher in the Florida conference and his daughter followed his wife’s footsteps and is a nurse in Maryland. He loves the south and plans to retire here sometime in the not too distant future.