After 11 years with the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District, Superintendent Mark White announced today that he would resign effective July 31 to pursue new professional opportunities.

After 11 years with the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District, Superintendent Mark White announced today that he would resign effective July 31 to pursue new professional opportunities.

White told his staff Tuesday morning that he would like to spend more time with his family in Texas, and he also looks forward to other career challenges.

"After 29 years in education, including 16 as an administrator, I am ready for new professional challenges," White said. "Also, I must find more time to spend with my family in Texas. There have been times in my life when I have adhered to the words of Robert Frost in that I have followed the road less traveled. This is one of those times."

He emphasized that he has no definitive professional plans for next year.

White began serving the Gahanna community in 2001 as principal of Gahanna Lincoln High School. In 2008, he was selected to serve as the district's assistant superintendent. He became superintendent two years later, succeeding the retired Gregg Morris.

Under his leadership, the district improved on the state's report card from excellent to excellent with distinction, and he was in involved in the collaboration to develop the innovative Clark Hall.

During his tenure as principal, he oversaw an increase in the graduation rate from 89.2 percent in 2002 to 95 percent; the formation of the Alumni Hall of Fame and the Student Hall of Fame; and the increase in the number of AP courses.

White decided to announce his resignation early in the year in an effort to provide ample time for the district to conduct a new superintendent search.

Prior to working to Gahanna, White had experience as an education consultant and presenter with various national and regional organizations, including the College Board, the American College Testing Corp. and the Association of Secondary School Administrators. White also has held various teaching and administrative positions with Westerville South High School (1998-2000) and Hamilton Township High School (2000-2001).

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