WHO WE ARE

STAFF

Lee Byberg, M.B.A.

PRESIDENT & FACULTY

Peter Ikeda, B.B.A.

DIRECTOR OF LEAD CULTIVATION & RESIDENT ASSISTANT

Pete Lackey, M.A.

FACULTY ADVISOR

Jeff Ingle, M.A.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & FACULTY

Jean Norment

STUDENT LIFE DIRECTOR

Annie Slocum, B.F.A.

LIFE & LEARNING COACH

Davis Norment, B.A.

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY & VISION AND LIFE & LEARNING COACH

Charity Manwaring, B.A.

LIFE & LEARNING COACH

Isaiah Schmidt

Networking Coordinator & Resident Assistant

Danielle Walz

STUDENT LIFE COORDINATOR & RESIDENT ASSISTANT

Katie Platson

Lead Cultivation Coordinator & Resident Assistant

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LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors

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Advisory Board

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Chairperson

Secretary

Treasurer

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Senior Fellow for Worldview and Culture 
Colson Fellows Program

Professor of Leadership and Strategy
Trevecca Nazarene University

Entrepreneur and Author

President of Rivendell Education Company

OUR HISTORY

2005

Davis Norment and his father, Robert Norment, begin research to address a disconnected and broken education system. The result: A reimagined higher education model that provides a cohesive narrative for a student’s learning experience, bringing meaning to life, the liberal arts, and culture.

2011

With the support of a small team of developers, educators, entrepreneurs, and 30 hardworking families as financial sponsors, the Norments launch the first prototype of the new educational model, calling it Rivendell Sanctuary, in Bloomington, Minnesota. The school graduated over 150 students in the next five years.

2016

CreatEd Institute, the next iteration of the Norments’ innovative educational model, launches in Black Mountain, North Carolina, with the Rivendell curriculum as its foundation. The team chooses to relocate in the Blue Ridge Mountains because of how the area reflects the school’s values of acquainting students with truth, goodness, and beauty. Also, North Carolina represents an incubator for forward-looking educational models, boasting a wide variety of thriving alternative schools due to the state’s history, laws, and demographics.

2017

CreatEd Institute launches The Guild, a customized apprenticeship program for CreatEd graduates that prepares students for professional life through a multi-faceted experiential learning curriculum.

2018

CreatEd Institute is officially licensed by the state of North Carolina to offer the Associate of Arts degree in Critical Thinking and Integrative Studies.

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