LOWELL | Lori Pavell has been named Lowell High School Principal effective July 1.
In a special session Thursday morning, the Tri-Creek School Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent Debra Howe and the search committee to hire the current principal of Hebron Middle School.
"It was a unanimous decision," Howe said of Pavell's selection. She said Pavell's broad background equips her well to lead the high school into its next phase.
Athletic Director Patti McCormick who sat on the committee said, "I wanted to be sure this person fit with what we have in place ... someone the teachers could relate to, yet respect."
She said she is confident Pavell will meet those expectations.
Lynn Haberlin, Tri-Creek Director of Innovations in Learning, also on the committee, said Pavell will mentor teachers well and bring the necessary energy level to the job.
In her fourth year at Hebron, Pavell, who lives in Valparaiso, also served as assistant principal at Portage High School.
"I'm humbled by your kind remarks. I feel blessed education was a calling to me," Pavell said.
There were about 30 candidates when the committee began last year. Michael Chelap, the assistant principal at the high school, has served as interim principal since August.
The position became vacant last summer after former principal Adrian Richie was moved out of that slot and into a specially created administrative post before leaving the school corporation.