Head of Chattanooga’s Baylor School charged with boating under the influence

School ‘stands behind’ Chris Angel as charge is resolved in court

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Baylor Head of School Chris Angel was arrested for boating under the influence on Friday.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Baylor Head of School Chris Angel was arrested for boating under the influence on Friday.


The president and head of Baylor School in Chattanooga was arrested Friday and charged with operating a boat while under the influence, according to law enforcement and school officials.

Christopher Brent Angel, 52, was also charged with reckless operation of a vessel or boat.

In an email, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokeswoman Mime Barnes confirmed the arrest late Saturday.

Authorities said the arrest took place Friday on Nickajack Lake upstream from downtown Chattanooga.

Sunday morning, Baylor spokeswoman Barbara Kennedy said school officials are aware of Angel's arrest.

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"The school was immediately advised by Mr. Angel of this incident," Kennedy said in an email. "The school stands behind Mr. Angel and is confident that this matter will be favorably resolved. Since this is a legal matter that will be handled by the court, the school will not be issuing any further statements or comments."

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Angel is a 1989 graduate of the school and has been a teacher and coach as well. He became head of school in 2021.

Contact Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.