MSD Wayne Principal Wins Jefferson Award

Kelin Mark, principal of Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, has received a Jefferson Award for Multiplying Good. Mr. Mark was presented with the award Friday, August 30, by RTV6 Reporter Rafael Sanchez.

The American Institute for Public Service created the Jefferson Awards Foundation in 1972. Now, the awards are administered by a national non-profit called Multiplying Good. Local winners are described as ordinary people who do extraordinary things, without expecting to be recognized for them.

Mr. Mark is in his first year as principal at Chapel Hill, and served as an assistant principal from 2011 through the 2018-19 school year.  During his time as an assistant principal, he organized and led a mentoring program called Young Men of Purpose, in which more than 200 young students participate each year. The program focuses on character, citizenship, and academics. Mr. Mark continues to be involved in the program.

Mr. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Maryville College and his master’s degree in education and administrative licensure from Oakland City University.

“Mr. Mark is a tremendous example of a leader who is continually seeking to improve the lives of his students,” said MSD of Wayne Township Superintendent Jeff Butts. “We are thrilled that he has been honored with the Jefferson Award for Multiplying Good, and look forward to continued great things from him as principal of Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center.”