David Kenner is getting an opportunity to return home.

Kenner has been named as Cherokee’s new principal beginning on Monday, Aug. 26. Director of Schools Matt Hixson announced in an email Thursday that a personnel committee recommended Kenner be named to the position. Kenner was named over five candidates.

“I’m very excited about David coming in at Cherokee,” Hixson said. “He knows the expectations coming in there. He also knows the achievements made there in the last few years.”

Kenner is a 1990 Cherokee graduate and a 1995 graduate of East Tennessee State University, with a major in public health. He returned to ETSU to finish his health education and certification in 1997.

He received his Masters of Science degree from Union College in 2011 and Educational Specialist degree in supervision and administration in 2012 from Lincoln Memorial University.

Most recently, he has served as assistant principal at Rogersville City School.

For Kenner, it is a chance to return home.

“Honestly, it has become a dream over the last several years,” Kenner said. “I have been blessed with numerous experiences that have laid the foundation to one day earn this position. I am so excited to get started. I think I always knew at some point I would like to return to Cherokee. My son will be at Cherokee in a couple of years and I am really looking forward to sharing his high school years with him. I feel like I have the chance to be a dream influencer for Cherokee students and it will be my goal to see them achieve their dreams.”

Kenner replaces Thomas Floyd as principal. Floyd was appointed Middle and High School Supervisor at the Hawkins County Schools’ central office. Floyd was the Cherokee principal for the last four years.

Kenner is married to Mandy Drinnon Kenner, child nutrition director for the system. The Kenner’s have a 12-year-old son, Nolan.

Since 2008, all principals at Cherokee have been Cherokee graduates.

Patrick Fraley was principal at Cherokee from 2008-2010. Alumni Gloria Justis Silvers served from 2010-2015 with Floyd taking over in 2015 after serving as principal at Saint Clair Elementary School.