Vanderpool Earns Superintendent Certification

February 16, 2018

Stephen Vanderpool shows his certificate
Groom principal Stephen Vanderpool shows off the certificate he received in recognition of being the first person to complete the superintendent certification program at Wayland Baptist University.

GROOM – Wayland Baptist University officials surprised Groom School Principal Stephen Vanderpool at a staff meeting in the Groom High School library on Thursday, recognizing him as the first individual to successfully complete the superintendent certification program offered through the university.

Dean of the School of Education Dr. Gene Whitfill and Associate Professor of Education Dr. Tim Powers were on hand for the presentation which was a complete surprise to Vanderpool. Groom superintendent Jay Lamb called the impromptu staff meeting, but did not reveal the reason to Vanderpool or the staff. Vanderpool was presented with a framed certificate signed by Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Cindy McClenagan.

“I don’t think there is a better representative as the first to complete the certification program than Mr. Vanderpool,” said Powers, who first met Vanderpool while working in the Pampa School District when Vanderpool was a student.

In his third year as pre-k through high school principal at Groom, Vanderpool was appreciative of the certificate, as well as the education he received at Wayland.

“I brag about Wayland all the time,” he said. “I enjoyed my time there. It was a great experience. In fact, it helped me with some students who were looking at Wayland for after high school. I told them you can’t go wrong if you go to Wayland.”

The superintendent certification program, which began enrolling students in 2016, is a 15-hour program offered completely online through Wayland. Students applying must have a master’s degree.

To learn more about the program, contact the School of Education at 806-291-1056, or log on to