SUZANNE Fern will become Maitland's new Catholic primary school's foundation principal.
Bishop Bill Wright announced Mrs Fern will join Chisholm's planned St Aloysius Catholic Primary School when it opens in 2015.
Director of schools Ray Collins said Mrs Fern was an outstanding principal who had worked at schools in Armidale and Lismore.
Mrs Fern said she was drawn to the Hunter due to its lifestyle.
She will begin the new role in the second term this year.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for both me personally, but also for the team who will be with me to set up the school from scratch," Mrs Fern said.
“In the coming months, I look forward to meeting with local parents to talk about our plans for 2015 and answer any questions they may have.” Mrs Fern said.
Enrolment packs are available from the Catholic Schools Office on 4979 1207.