Finishes at the Top, Moves Into the Top Seat

Rod Kerbs

Alumnus Rod Kerbs is now the principal at Mt. Aetna Adventist School in Washington County, MD.

Rod Kerbs


  • Educational Leadership (M.S., C)


  • Education

Rod Kerbs is a role model for the Graduate School’s Educational Leadership program. Not only did he knock the top off the SLLA (School Leaders Licensure Assessment) on the first try in 2013, but he was hired for a principalship right after completing the program. Now principal at Mt. Aetna Adventist School in Washington County, MD – which serves record-level enrollment in grades preK-8 – Rod has 12 years’ experience in education, including three as an assistant principal.

Rod found that the Educational Leadership program took his know-how to the next level. “It equipped me with the confidence to create a vision and the patience and knowledge to push that vision forward through collaborative leadership practices.” Reputation, affordability and proximity to his Hagerstown home were key factors in choosing Hood to advance his education, says Rod. “I’d recommend it. The learning is relevant, and it has directly impacted my school in positive ways.”