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Catholic Memorial High School's president informed students and staff in a letter last week of his plans to step down.

The Rev. Paul B. R. Hartmann will be leaving CMH to return to parish work after nine years with CMH. The letter explained his departure, effective at the end of the school year, is at the request of Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

"Coming back to CMH nine years ago was the greatest honor of my life, and my time here has been the greatest joy," he said in the letter.

Hartmann expressed difficulty in leaving CMH, but he acknowledged that becoming pastor of a parish allows him to follow the path he was on before.

In his letter, he said the success of the school was due to the great CMH family. 

The CMH Board of Directors will begin the search for the next president.

"The Archbishop has asked that in that search CMH must 'keep a clear commitment, before all else, to strong Catholic identity.' As we all know, from this will flow continued academic, financial, and communal success," Hartmann said in the letter.

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