Richland High School's principal will resign from his position on graduation day to take over leadership of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia.
Gordon Comfort, who became Richland High's top administrator in 2007, will leave his post June 3.
He will start as executive director at Goodwill on June 15. The Seattle native was on the nonprofit's board of directors, and "put his name in the hat" after longtime director Jeanie Welch retired earlier this year, he said.
Comfort is close to finishing a doctorate in business, which he pursued because it would help him work in education as well as in other fields, he said.
He now hopes to spend more time with his family, which was a main reason for the job change, he said. Being a principal means working a lot of evenings and weekends.
Comfort has five young kids, two of whom are in Richland schools.
"They're looking forward to being Bombers," he said. "They still will be, but their dad won't be there now."
He will miss being around the students, he said.
"Not being on a campus with 2,000 teenagers is going to be a big change," he said. "I'll miss that energy."
No decision on a replacement has been made, said school district spokesman Steve Aagaard.