Dr. Dan Scoggin, co-founder of Great Hearts Academies, currently serves as the Chief Advancement Officer.
In 2004, Dr. Scoggin authored the original Great Hearts business plan. As the founding CEO, he secured the initial strategic funding partnerships with local and national philanthropy to launch the Arizona schools network. From 2004 to 2015, Dan directed the network’s growth and parent demand catapulting a fledgling start-up school of just 200 students at one school in Phoenix to almost 10,000 students at 19 academies.
In 2012, Dr. Scoggin was invited by a local funding consortium to lead the first out-of-state expansion of Great Hearts to Texas. Beginning in San Antonio, Dr. Scoggin established Great Hearts first campus, Great Hearts Monte Vista. A second campus, Great Hearts Northern Oaks opens in August 2015 in that city. In 2014, Dr. Scoggin petitioned the Texas Education Agency to expand Great Hearts Texas’ charter. Approved by Commissioner Michael Williams, the expansion includes new additional school sites in North Texas. Great Hearts Irving opens in August, 2015.
Dr. Scoggin holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Claremont Graduate University, attended the Stanford University Executive Education program, and was named a Piper Fellow and Pahara-Aspen Fellow. He is the proud father of two daughters, Emma and Marin, who attend Chandler Prep, a Great Hearts school in Chandler, AZ.
Erik Twist, a third generation Arizonan, earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his masters from Oxford University. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as Dean of Students for Veritas Preparatory Academy where he also taught 7th grade Literature/Composition, 8th grade Medieval History, and 9th grade Humane Letters. Erik is the founding headmaster of Archway Classical Academy Veritas, and most recently served as Vice President over all of Great Hearts' K-5 academies. Erik and his wife, Alison, have six sons and reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.