Hatzis will assume the post effective July 1, succeeding Vanessa Reale, who announced earlier this month that she was stepping down as Fairfield Ludlowe's headmaster for personal reasons after two years on the job.
Hatzis, who has been the Fairfield Woods principal since 2007, previously had been a housemaster at both Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools. He began his career in the Fairfield public schools in 2002 as the district instructional improvement teacher. Before that, he was a social studies teacher at New Canaan High School.
No salary for Hatzis was announced by school officials, but Reale had been paid $163,799 last year. His current pay for as Fairfield Woods principal is $143,029.
Hatzis "brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of our district, students, staff and programs," Superintendent of Schools David Title said in a statement Wednesday. "He is a highly motivated, strong leader, who I am confident will be an asset to the Fairfield Ludlowe High School community."
School officials will begin looking for a new Fairfield Woods principal soon, Title said. The job at first will be posted internally for candidates now employed by the Fairfield public schools. Based on the response to the internal posting, school officials will determine whether to conduct a broader search.
Title said a search will also be conducted for a new housemaster for Fairfield Ludlowe's Webster House as well as a director of pupil services at the high school.