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T/TAS Staff Directory and Bios - Eric Dupree

Eric Dupree, MBA

Eric Dupree, MBA

Management Specialist



Eric conducts his work and life in a practical, relaxed, realistic way, enabling him to be a Management Specialist that understands compassionate leadership. His invaluable experience (believe it or not of 34 years) as a Head Start/Early Head Start Director and Executive Director has made providing Interim Director services to our customers a win- win situation. When providing Interim Director services, Eric’s keen ability as a coalition builder brings together the full spectrum and strength of our entire T/TAS team in order to bring programs into and beyond compliance. Eric understands the real world complexities and day to day operations of county/city governments, Community Action agencies, single purpose agencies including large/small, multi-county, urban and rural programs. Eric's special areas of interest are management and operations of Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, new Head Start Director mentoring/coaching, new agency Director mentoring, home-based supervision, program governance, strategic planning, team building, community partnerships and linkages, facilities, and lease negotiations. Eric has a B.S in Management and an M.B.A.

Eric’s commitment to the field resulted in two gubernatorial appointments, one to serve on the Crockett County Tennessee Better Schools Program in 1985, the other to serve on the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth from 1994-1996. Eric served three terms as the President of the Tennessee Head Start Association, and has also served as Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Community Action Agencies.

Specialty Training Areas

  • Program Design & Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Planning
  • Home-Based

Personal Motto
"Inspect what you expect."