New president named for Walla Walla Catholic Schools

DeSales and Assumption Principal John Lesko will take over for David Schmitz, who held the position for five years.

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WALLA WALLA -- DeSales and Assumption Catholic schools Principal John Lesko has been named the new president of Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

Lesko takes over leadership from Whitman College history professor David Schmitz, who held the position for the five years since it was established.

Schmitz and other Walla Walla Catholic schools leaders helped establish a governing Board of Directors, streamline its mission and core values, and prepare objectives to be met in the coming years.

Schmitz stepped down from the volunteer president position at the end of June. The board announced Lesko's appointment early this month. Lesko will continue to lead Assumption and DeSales as principal.

The school system also recently hired Chris Grasso as vice president of advancement for the endowment association and Nancy Metro as director of admissions and community relations. The new positions are part of the institutional assessment started in 2006 that helped bring about the new governing and leadership structure.

In a letter posted online, Lesko outlined ways the schools will continue to grow in coming years, stressing a focus on a mission of "Education for Life; Where Every Student is Needed and Every Student is Important."

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