Congratulations to Mr. Mark Kirzeder of Marian High School for being selected as one of the members of Michiana’s Forty under 40 Class of 2018. The list of outstanding honorees was compiled by the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce for those “professionals in the area who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field and civic or volunteer organizations.” This year's Forty under 40 award winners were honored at a luncheon on May 11.
Mr. Kirzeder is a member of the 12th class of Forty under 40 in Michiana so he joins 440 other young professionals who have been honored. Those who were selected must be under 40 on May 16, 2018, live and work in Michiana, and come from different sectors of industry and the workforce. They must have demonstrated initiative and dedication in pursuing their careers, proven success and achievement, investment in and service to others, and a passion for their community.
Mr. Kirzeder is in his 13th year at Marian High School where he began teaching in the Science Department in 2004. This is his 4th year as the Principal of Marian. As the leader of the school, he emphasizes and models the pursuit of academic, spiritual, social and athletic excellence. He works with students on academic probation, those who are at the top of their classes, and every student in-between. He values each individual and is interested in helping students be good citizens and disciples of Christ.
Under Mr. Kirzeder’s leadership the school has transitioned to using new programs that increase communication and efficiency. He was one of the pioneers of Marian’s partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. This partnership has resulted in many Marian graduates starting college with 15 or more credits! This partnership resulted in Marian High School being tied for 6th Place in the state for College Preparedness according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
He was named the Light of Learning Principal of the Year by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in January 2018. Mr. Kirzeder, his wife Leslie, and their three children are members of St. Anthony de Padua Parish where he serves as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.