He grew up in Fayetteville, Tennessee, on his family’s farm. After graduating college from Sewanee, Felix became interested in community development and social change work. He spent several years building houses for those in need. He also managed student volunteers as part of Sewanee’s community service program.
This started Felix on a life-long journey of re-imagining higher education. His vision included a way in which universities and colleges would be true assets to and partners with the communities in which they are located. Where student learning would be based in the real world; Working daily to make lives better as part of the educational experience.
Felix then spent years studying alternative forms of education and research which seek to and empower learners and the community as a whole. After finishing graduate school, he worked briefly as an assistant dean of students at Sewanee. He quickly shifted to create his own consulting company in 2014 to focus his energy on helping universities be better collaborators with their own communities.
Creating a new form of education would require starting a school from scratch. In 2018, he and Ashlei Laing co-founded Rē with the aim to build a new kind of educational experience. One which would help prepare students and community partners to build a more just, peaceful, and sustainable future.
Felix continues to live and work in Fayetteville, where the Regenerative School is based.