At this week's school board meeting, Harrisonburg City Schools announced Melissa Hensley '92 as the new principal of Harrisonburg High School. Fellow alumnus Mark Miller was also named as Keister Elementary School's next principal. (Photo by the Daily News-Record)

Alumni named as new principals for Harrisonburg City Schools

Two Eastern Mennonite University alumni, including a nationally recognized principal, were announced in new roles with Harrisonburg City Public Schools this week.

Melissa Hensley ’92 will be principal of Harrisonburg High School. Mark Miller ’04 will be principal of Keister Elementary School.

Mark Miller is Keister Elementary School’s new principal. (Courtesy photo)

Hensley has 24 years of instructional and school leadership experience. She has been a school administrator since 2004 and has served as principal of Central High School in Woodstock since 2012, according to a press release. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and master’s degrees from James Madison University.

She is currently enrolled in the doctor of education program at Morehead State University. Having graduated high school from Spotswood High School in Rockingham County, she is a longtime resident of the Shenandoah Valley.

Hensley has received numerous awards. She was named Virginia Principal of the Year in 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 National Secondary Principal of the Year award, given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Miller has 15 years of instructional and school leadership experience. He has served as an assistant principal since 2010, first at Smithland Elementary and then at Keister Elementary beginning in 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Mennonite University and a master’s in education administration from Shenandoah University.

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  1. Awesome news!! Best of luck to Melissa and Mark. The parents and students of the two schools are blessed!

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