Board of Education Names New High School Principal

MOULTRIE, GEORGIA – March 1, 2024 –  The Colquitt County Board of Education has named Dr. Christopher Merritt the next Colquitt County High School (CCHS) Principal at a special called meeting. 


Dan Chappuis, incoming Superintendent and current CCHS Principal, shared, “We are excited to announce Dr. Chris Merritt as the next Principal of CCHS.  He has a wealth of leadership experience as a high school principal, assistant principal, and athletic director.  He has a strong background in instructional leadership and extracurricular activities.  We look forward to having Dr. Merritt join Packer Nation.” 


Dr. Merritt is currently the Principal of Bainbridge High School.  He is married to Susanne Merritt, and they have one daughter, Hazel Grace.  He is a 2006 graduate of Colquitt County High School.  Merritt shared, “I am humbled and honored to be selected to serve the students, staff, and Packer community as the next principal of the high school.  As a CCHS graduate, it is the most rewarding professional achievement to return home to the community that invested so much in me; now, I get the opportunity to give back to current and future Packers.  My wife and I are excited to come home and invest our lives in the Colquitt County community.”



  • William Carey University ǀ Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Valdosta State University ǀ Education Specialist in Education Leadership/Tier II Certification 
  • Valdosta State University ǀ Masters in Educational Leadership/Tier I Certification 
  • Georgia Southern University ǀ Masters in Kinesiology/Coaching   
  • Albany State University ǀ Bachelor of Science in Political Science 
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College ǀ Associate of Science in Political Science



  • Bainbridge High School ǀ 2022-2024 ǀ Principal
  • Thomasville High School ǀ 2018-2022 ǀ Assistant Principal
  • Thomasville City Schools ǀ 2017-2021 ǀ Athletic Director
  • Thomasville High School ǀ 2016-2018 ǀ Teacher and Coach
  • Cook County High School ǀ 2014-2016 ǀ History Teacher and Coach
  • North Florida Christian School ǀ 2011-2013 ǀ History and Physical Education Teacher, Coach


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