Bill Heiser, the current principal at North County High School in Anne Arundel County, has been named to take over as principal of Catonsville High School July 8.
Heiser, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County, was named the 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.
The Bowie native said he is eager to start at Catonsville.
He replaces Relay resident Deborah Bittner, who retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
"I learned that Catonsville was open and I know what a great school Catonsville High School is and what a great tradition they have," said Heiser, who got his official appointment June 11 at the Baltimore County Board of Education meeting.
This will be Heiser's first experience in Baltimore County.
He had served as assistant principal at Annapolis High School before becoming principal at North County, where he has spent the past three years.
Before coming to Anne Arundel County, he had been a guidance counselor at Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County then began his a career in administration as assistant principal at Gwynn Park High School, also in Prince George's County.
Heiser earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in guidance counseling what is now Loyola University Maryland and received a doctorate in education and community college leadership from Morgan State University.
According to the Loyola website, Heiser helped the Greyhounds' men's soccer team to four conference championships as well as an NCAA College Cup appearance. He had 30 goals and 20 assists in his four seasons there.
He later taught at University of Maryland, College Park, and Loyola before returning to Roosevelt.
Heiser said he is looking forward to beginning a new chapter in his career in Baltimore County, especially in Catonsville.
"I'm very excited, naturally," he said. "I know in my studies and just in talking to people who are familiar with Catonsville what a rich tradition they have.
"The involvement of the community and the business partnerships available there are tremendous and to be a part of that is going to be exciting," Heiser said.