SANTA ROSA -- Mike Truesdell, who became president of Santa Rosa's Cardinal Newman High School as part of a reorganized administrative model in 2004, will leave his role to serve as the first lay president of St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy in northwestern Ohio, according to a Cardinal Newman announcement today.

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A search committee has been established to replace Mr. Truesdell, who will end his role at the private, Catholic college-preparatory high school effective June 30. Mr. Truesdell will remain involved with the Angela Merici and John Henry Newman Foundation as a member of its board of directors, according to the announcement.Letter: Newman president staying with foundation

Editor: An important point to emphasize is that my next step includes my continued participation in the marvelous Cardinal Newman community through the Angela Merici and John Henry Newman Foundation. [read more]

Mr. Truesdell is credited with guiding the school through a period of significant growth, including expansion of facilities and athletic achievement. The school has been in operation for nearly 50 years.

"Mike Truesdell's legacy at Cardinal Newman High School is reflected everywhere you look on campus and in the eyes of every student, faculty member, staff administrator and the entire alumni community," said Jeff Bertoli, chairman of the Cardinal Newman High School Board of Directors, in the announcement.