AFTER six years as principal at Gippsland Grammar, David Baker announced his resignation on Monday morning, to become principal at Woodleigh School on the Mornington Peninsula.
Mr Baker joined Gippsland Grammar in 2013, overseeing the Garnsey, St Anne's and Bairnsdale campuses.
He was responsible for the construction of the Laurie Payne Sports Centre at Garnsey campus and Kukun Kalak year three and four centre at St Anne's campus.
Under his administration there was a significant increase in student enrolments at the school.
Mr Baker will continue as Gippsland Grammar principal until the end of term one, 2020, to give the board sufficient opportunity to seek his replacement.
Gippsland Grammar board chair Vicki McLeod praised Mr Baker for the significant contribution he had made to the school during his tenure.
"I sincerely appreciate the energy, professionalism and dedication with which he has pursued his vision for the school," Mrs McLeod said.
"Mr Baker has made a lasting impression at Gippsland Grammar and will be greatly missed by our community.
"I must also acknowledge his wife Jane, who has been a wonderful support to David and a valued member of staff over the past seven years.
"Their daughters Caitlin and Amy have both been educated at Gippsland Grammar, and I am thrilled that Amy will complete her Year 12 in 2020 in a boarding capacity.
The school has already begun the recruitment process for a new principal, with Mrs McLeod adding the board was confident it would attract high calibre applicants.