Tom Konjoyan has been named the new head of school at Village Christian Schools, a K-12 private Blue Ribbon school in Sun Valley, the VCS board of directors has announced. Konjoyan replaces outgoing superintendent Ron Sipus who resigned early last fall.
Konjoyan comes to Village from Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, where he served for 11 years, most recently as the vice-president for Development and the associate head of school. He was one of the founding administrators that helped to build Oaks Christian during its early years.
Additionally, he has worked at World Vision as director of corporate, foundation and major donors in the Pacific Northwest, and before that started a non-profit job-training and residential services program, “Proyecto Esperanza,” for homeless, Hispanic teenagers in Los Angeles’ inner city.
“Tom Konjoyan brings with him a life deeply immersed in the rich tradition of Christian ministry, and it is that experience and his passion for Christian education that will guide Village Christian Schools into its next 60 years of ministry,” said Robert Swanson, board president, in announcing the appointment to the VCS community.
He was introduced to faculty and staff at a welcome luncheon June 7 and to parents at a dessert reception the same evening.
“There was a warmth here that drew me to Village Christian Schools,” he said in an address to parents. “I was blown away by the quality of people here. You have a fine administrators and teachers with a passion to lead and serve students.”
He acknowledged the difficult years the school has been through, but in a reflection of the wisdom of John Wooden, who just passed away, he directed employees and parents to focus on the future.
“Do not let the things you cannot do, prevent you from doing what you can. There are many things that have happened in the last two years that we cannot undo. But there are many things that we can do,” he encouraged.
Konjoyan was born and raised in Glendale where he attended Hoover High School. He graduated from Harvard University with honors and a degree in sociology. He also earned an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Presidential and Key Executive Program where he wrote his capstone paper on strategic planning for Christian education.
He and his wife, Kelly, have three children, Kyler, 9, Mackenzie, 7, and Delaney, 5.