August 25, 2017

MASON -- Mark Cotterman walked through the doors of Mars Hill Academy Tuesday, August 22 as both the father of a graduating senior and as the newHead of School.

“I was struck with a sense of the true beauty of a classical, Christian education,” he said. “Having watched two of my daughters graduate from MHA, and experiencing it again with my third daughter this year, I know each step of their classical educational journey builds toward their senior year. Through an impressive thesis project, our seniors combine all of the communications skills, knowledge and critical thinking abilities they have developed throughout the years to write, present and defend their hypotheses on a given topic. Our alumni will gladly attest to how well this prepares them for their lives beyond MHA.”

Mr. Cotterman brings his business experience and passion for education to his new role as both Head of School and principal for students in grades 7-12. He was the  assistant headmaster last year and previously served on the school board. A Loveland resident, he holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio University and spent more than 25 years in the business consulting industry. He currently is working toward a Master of Arts in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

“From the first day of school to the last, MHA remains committed to Christ and the teaching of the Word,” said Cotterman. “Our faculty takes such joy in fulfilling our mission of assisting parents in the covenantal training of their children through a classical, Christian education. The smiles on the students’ faces as they walk through our doors on the first day reminds me to stay focused on our mission.”

Mars Hill Academy is Cincinnati’s only private, independent K-12 classical Christian school.  One of only 37 schools nationwide accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), Mars Hill Academy offers a proven educational method used for millennia to build sharp minds and a love for learning.  Visit