The Graham Group Leadership

Leading the way to Institutional Success

Working with small to large organizations

Johnny GrahamJohnny Graham, President

Johnny Graham is a dynamic intellectual who works diligently to deliver success for his clients. Through his extensive consulting career, he has delivered a variety of services through his strengths in leadership and governance, education, marketing capabilities, and home school support.

Since 1998, Graham has served nonprofits, boarding schools, day schools, and churches so that they might better serve their constituents. A graduate of the prestigious McCallie School, Graham began his professional career as an Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher, dorm director, and basketball coach. Wearing many hats in the small boarding school arena, he was called upon to lead as Dean of Students, Associate Head of School, Interim Head of School and Founding Head of School.

Most recently, Graham created a new prep school in Carroll County, Maryland, employing a unique educational vision that prioritized experiential learning and mindfulness for all students, and married a distinctive culture with rigorous academics to meet the demands of today’s complex world. He is methodical, contemplative and articulate, and applied his extensive experience in the educational arena to establish a school that fundamentally prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s workforce. His built the school from ground zero, assuming operations at a former retreat center, recruiting faculty leaders, developing curriculum and marketing for several years prior to opening the school doors. In just two years, the school population grew to become home to 60 students, 23 of whom were boarders.

Dr. Devin DeLaughterDr. Devin DeLaughter,
Team Member

Since 2017. Dr. Devin DeLaughter currently serves as the Director of Athletics at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Following graduation from Tullahoma High School (TN), Dr. DeLaughter joined the football program at The University of the South (Sewanee) in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. After a brief stint as a collegiate football coach, Dr. DeLaughter began his career in education serving at the McCallie School for Boys in Chattanooga, TN as a math teacher at both the middle and high school levels as well as responsibilities as a dorm parent. While at McCallie, Dr. DeLaughter coached Football, Middle School Basketball, as well as Track & Field.

In his first role as a school administrator, Dr. DeLaughter served as an Assistant Principal & Director of Athletics at Grace Community School, a PK-12 grade Christian school in Tyler TX. Dr. DeLaughter holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College as well as a Doctorate of Education (Educational Leadership) from Dallas Baptist University.  

As a researcher and practitioner, Dr DeLaughter studies athletic and educational leadership practices through the Theory of Transformational Leadership. As a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), through the  National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Dr. DeLaughter has developed professional development and leadership development seminars for coaches, athletic administrators and student-athletes to help maximize the athletic experience within the secondary and post-secondary years through the implementation of the four pillars Transformational Leadership Theory.

Dr. DeLaughter is married to the former Mrs. Tina Hill, a registered nurse and fellow graduate of the University of the South (‘03). Dr. and Mrs. DeLaughter have two daughters, Briana (14) and Erica (13).


2018 Carroll County Person of the Year, Carroll Magazine

With a readership of over 125,000, Carroll Magazine named Johnny  Graham as its 2018 person of the year for his creation of Springdale Preparatory School, his impact on the economic landscape of Carroll County, Maryland, and for providing a powerful alternative educational option for Carroll County Students and their families.

2009 Hal Fairbanks Award for Coaching Excellence, Howard School

Coach excellence and mastery in teaching game of basketball.

2002 Teacher of the Year, Christ School

Outstanding Academic Instruction.

2002 Senior Yearbook Dedication, Christ School

Awarded by the senior class for outstanding leadership and service as Head of South Carolina House and History Department Chair.

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