LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Jeff High School's new principal has a familiar face. Mark Preston was selected by the Lafayette School Corporation (LSC) trustees Monday night.
Preston, who had been Jeff athletic director and one of the school's assistant principals for the last five years, was selected at a special meeting.
Preston started his career at Jeff 17 years ago when he was hired to be the assistant athletic director and a social studies teacher. He left the Bronchos to become an assistant principal at Harrison High School in Tippecanoe County. After a year with the Raiders, he spent four years in Zionsville before returning to his Lafayette Jeff roots five years ago.
He tells News 18 his first priority is to establish as many relationships as he can with the staff and students.
"I'm excited, humbled," said Preston. "I feel very blessed to be the principal at Jeff. I think we have a wonderful staff and a great student body and I'm just really excited to work with all of them."
There were 21 applicants to the position after former principal Jeff Studebaker was named superintendent of the Clinton Central School Corporation in June. LSC officials say 10 candidates were given lengthy interviews. Then a committee made up of 19 people, including administrators, teachers, parents, and students, gave final interviews to four candidates.
"We think with the leadership qualities that he has and the relationship-building skills, Mark is going to do a great job at Jeff High School," says LSC Superintendent Les Huddle.
Preston's wife Cindy is the principal at Vinton Elementary School. They have three kids in LSC and their oldest will be a freshman at Jeff in the fall.
LSC now begins a search for a new Jeff athletic director.
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