Grant High School has a new principal: Carol Campbell, principal at Benson Polytechnic High School for the past two years.

Campbell, a former science teacher at Grant from 1998 to 2007, fills the seat of Vivian Orlen, who moved to New York last year after surprising the community and district with her end-of-school announcement.

"Looking for the right person to build on Vivian Orlen’s work at Grant, Carol Campbell immediately jumped out," Superintendent Carole Smith told the Grant community in an email Thursday afternoon.

Prior to teaching at Grant, she was a teacher and athletic director in St. Charles, Mo., for 15 years, and then was a leader at Newberg High School’s Silver School, one of four small schools on the Newberg campus.

Her work there brought her to Benson in 2011, just as the district was implementing its High School System Design.

At Benson, Campbell has been known as a strong advocate and respected leader.

She deepened and added new partnerships — including with Oregon Institute of Technology — and supported the Benson staff’s creativity and talent, including P.E. teachers Katie Meyer and Linda McLellan’s Fit to Live & Learn program that earned state and national recognition.

"Carol’s advocacy and all that she put in place will serve Benson as I consider ways to continue building on the school’s strengths," Smith said in her statement. "Now I have asked Carol to bring her considerable skillset – from partnership building to strong support for students and staff – to Grant."

Smith continued: "Carol was clear with me: leaving Benson is difficult. But she told me she is also honored by the opportunity to return to the school where she taught for nine years and to support the excellence that she knows well and that Vivian further catalyzed."

Campbell is beginning her transition work and will be settling in at Grant in August.

PPS is beginning the process to choose Benson's next principal.

A meet-and-greet with Smith and Campbell will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grant.

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