Dr. Timothy Dernlan
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Dr. Timothy Dernlan serves as Head of Schools for The Glasgow Family of Schools. He earned a B.A. in Education and Communication at Purdue University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Studies at Lehigh University, and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Ashland University. Dernlan minored in Christian Theology during his doctoral studies, focused his dissertation on the spiritual formation of students attending K-12 Christian schools, and was named Ashland University Outstanding Graduate of 2013. Much of his early life was shaped by the sport of wrestling. He won several state and national titles, earned NCAA All-American honors at Purdue University, and competed at the final Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004. Dernlan coached dozens of NCAA All-Americans at Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, Lehigh, and Ashland University and was named 2008 NCAA Region II Coach-of-the-Year before turning his focus to Christian education. He has experience teaching theater, math, rhetoric, physical education, personal finance, communication, leadership, and systematic theology in a variety of educational institutions ranging from public, charter, Christian, classical Christian, and college. He and his wife also homeschooled their children for four years. Dernlan is a visionary leader and is passionate about advancing Christian community and culture through education.




Dr. Dernlan is married to Kara Dernlan for the past fourteen years, and they have four children.  


Dr. Dernlan earned an undergraduate degree from Purdue University with a double major in Communication and Speech and Theater Education. Later, he earned a Master's in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and then a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies from Ashland University. While pursuing his doctorate, he majored in organizational leadership and minored in Christian theology.


God prepared Dr. Dernlan for his transition to school administration by using experiences he had as a teacher and coach. He taught theater at a public high school, rhetoric at a Christian high school, middle school math at a charter school, and communication and physical education at the university level.



The majority of his professional career has been focused on coaching wrestling at Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, Lehigh, and Ashland (to learn more click here).  While at Lehigh University, Dr. Dernlan coordinated the program's recruiting efforts, and he was credited with recruiting the sixth-best class in the country in 2007, and America's third-best recruiting class in 2006. 

He was also a highly decorated international, college, and high school wrestler. He competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic trials. Additionally, he represented the US team in the Pan American Championships in Guatemala. While at Purdue, he earned NCAA All-American honors. His senior year, he won the University National Freestyle Championship. In high school, he won three state championships and placed fifth in the Junior World Championship. Dr. Dernlan and his three brothers won a combined ten high school wrestling championships in the state of Ohio (to learn more click here). 


He also started, developed, and sold a youth sport camp business that served six hundred children each summer for eight years.