Battle Ground Academy has announced that  Michelle Arnold has joined its staff as director of Equity & Inclusion. She replaces O.J. Fleming, a 1994 BGA graduate who retired after 19 years on the school’s faculty and staff.

“Dr. Arnold brings with her a variety of experiences that will enable her to work with students and families across our community to help them succeed at BGA and beyond,” said BGA Head of School Will Kesler. “Building on the excellent work of O.J. Fleming, she has the foundation in place to enhance our work in areas of equity and inclusion internally and externally. We are delighted to welcome her and her family to BGA.”

In her new position, Arnold will oversee BGA’s programs designed to prepare its students for the diverse world in which they will work and live.

She joins BGA from Middle Tennessee State University where she served as a lecturer in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership since 2011. Previously, she served as the associate director of admissions at MTSU from 2008-2011. She received her undergraduate, Master of Business Education and Education Specialist degrees from MTSU and her Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. Over the years, she has conducted research and made presentations on a variety of topics related to education and student behavior.

A resident of Franklin, Arnold has three daughters, Taylor (eighth grade), Page (sixth grade) and McKenna (kindergarten).