After 10 years as principal of Walsh Jesuit High School, Mark Hassman will be making a professional change beginning next fall, according to a news release from the school.

Hassman began his career teaching chemistry and biology and then spent four years as assistant principal for academics before becoming the school's principal. Also during his time at Walsh, Hassman coached the women's golf team to a state championship.

"For the past decade, Mark has been an excellent principal," said Walsh Jesuit President Karl Ertle. "With his deep care for the students and his wonderful commitment to the mission of the school, he truly has been a servant leader who has made us a better school. We will surely miss him as principal, but we are thrilled that he will remain a part of the Walsh Jesuit community."

Hassman looks forward to serving Walsh Jesuit in a different capacity as a teacher, curriculum adviser and assisting in the athletic department. Those who have worked with Hassman know his true passion is working with the students.

"Jesuit education is about making decisions that not only transform the students' minds, but also their souls, and I am grateful to have been a part of that process," said Hassman. "I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with our faculty and administration in making Walsh Jesuit the best high school in Northeast Ohio. We are always discussing and making decisions that better meet the needs of our students academically and spiritually."

Hassman is a graduate of Marietta College and received his MA from Ashland University. He lives in Westfield Center with his wife, Alicia, and their three sons.

A search committee will be formed to select Hassman's successor, who will begin July 1, 2017.