About the Superintendent Search Committee

  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston School Committee Chair Michael O’Neill and the Boston School Committee have formed a Superintendent Search Committee to spearhead the national search for a permanent Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. 

    The Search Committee is a group of respected individuals who represent the diversity of the City of Boston. Each possesses a deep knowledge of BPS, and the group represents a wide array of perspectives which include teachers, current and former school administrators, higher education leaders, parents, business and philanthropy.  

    The Search Committee includes co-leads:

    Hardin L.K. Coleman, Ph.D., has nearly 40 years of experience with youth development and education, serving as a classroom teacher for elementary, middle and high school, and a school counselor at the middle and high school levels. He currently serves as a Professor of Counseling and Human Development and as the Dean of the School of Education at Boston University. Dr. Coleman was appointed to the School Committee in June 2013 to fill the seat vacated by John Barros, and served as a co-chair for the External Advisory Board for School Assignment to BPS. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College, a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Coleman resides in the Kenmore Square area of Boston.

    Robert Gallery serves as Bank of America Massachusetts president, providing business, civic and philanthropic leadership for the company throughout the Commonwealth. He previously served as Chair, and currently serves on the Executive Committee, of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and serves on several local nonprofit boards. Since 2007, Gallery has been a Trustee of the Boston Plan for Excellence, committed to supporting optimal student success and organizational excellence within BPS. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

    The Committee also includes:
    Michael Contompasis retired from BPS following 42 years of service, including serving as Superintendent of Schools and Chief Operations Officer. He has received numerous awards for his work in education, and is active in local, regional and national educational leadership associations. He is a graduate of Boston University, and received a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston State College, a Master’s Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D., is President of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest community college in Massachusetts. Dr. Eddinger has served community colleges since 1993 in various leadership posts, including instruction, student services, marketing, institutional advancement and legislative relations. After immigrating to the U.S. from Hong Kong at age 11, Dr. Eddinger grew up in Miami, Florida. She is a graduate of Barnard College, and earned both her Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Modern Japanese Literature at Columbia University.

    A product of BPS, Michael O’Neill was first appointed to the School Committee in July 2008, and is currently serving his second term as Chair. O’Neill has spent over 25 years as a leader in Boston’s banking and insurance industries, and is active in Boston’s nonprofit community, focusing on youth advocacy. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College, Babson College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and currently resides in Charlestown with his family.

    Laura Perille is the CEO of EdVestors, a Boston-based nonprofit organization focused on accelerating improvement in urban schools. Prior to EdVestors, Perille worked as a consultant to schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations serving children and families, including the Greater Boston Food Bank, Crittenton Hastings House, and Community Catalyst/Families USA. She previously served on the External Advisory Committee on School Choice, charged with forming recommendations to design a new student assignment system for the BPS. Perille is a graduate of Brown University, is a Boston resident, and is a parent of one BPS student and one BPS graduate.

    Regina Robinson is the Dean of Student Affairs at Cambridge College, focused on providing strategic leadership towards college completion and student satisfaction. Since 2008, Robinson has provided collaborative leadership throughout the Boston community with Boston Metro Early Intervention, Operation House Call, Roosevelt K-8 Parent Council, and the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium. Additionally, Robinson serves as an advisory board member for Thrive in Five, and is an executive Board member for the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC) and Boston School Committee’s Inclusion Task Force team to increase the practices of inclusion and provide a voice for BPS parents. Robinson earned a Master’s Degree from Liberty University, and resides in Hyde Park with her family.

    Richard Stutman has been President of the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) since June 2003, and serves as a vice president of the AFT-Mass and a vice president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Prior to his union service, Stutman taught math at the middle school and high school levels for a decade. His wife, now retired, served as a Speech and Language Pathologist in BPS. Stutman is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and holds a diploma in Financial Planning from Boston University.

    Dr. Dania Vazquez serves as the headmaster of the Margarita Muñiz Academy, an innovation school focused on dual language education. Dr. Vazquez has been an educator for over 31 years serving urban children and families, with expertise in ESL, language development, literacy, curriculum development, organizational development, and school transformation. She previously served as the Associate Executive Director at the Center for Collaborative Education, focusing on key initiatives including leadership development and school governance. Dr. Vazquez is a graduate of Columbia University, and received her M.S. in Bilingual Special Education from Bank Street College.

    Andrew Vega is a principal fellow at the Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale, where he is completing a one-year residency as part of the Lynch Leadership Academy. Before his role at the Bates, Andrew taught 8th grade English/Language Arts at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, a Boston Public School in Roxbury. Vega was named a College Board AP Fellow in 2009, a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow in 2011, and is currently an American Achieves Teacher Fellow. He serves as an adviser for a number of national foundations, and has advised state, local, and national policymakers on education and teaching, including President Obama's top education advisers and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Vega holds a degree in English from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Loyola Marymount University.

    Pastor Samuel Acevedo serves as the founding Executive Director of the Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC), which enables at-risk Latino, and other first-generation youth, to gain access to a higher education, break the cycle of poverty, and become leaders in the community. He is a graduate of Stetson University and Boston College Law School. In 2014, Pastor Sam was asked to serve on the Education Sub-Committee of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Committee. Pastor Sam also serves on the board of the Ten Point Coalition, Boston Trinity Academy, and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministry and Education (CUME).

    Ayele Shakur is the Regional Executive Director for BUILD – Greater Boston, an innovative nonprofit organization whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income high school students to college and career success. Ayele brings over two decades of experience as an innovator in urban education. Prior to coming to BUILD, she served as the President and CEO of the Boston Learning Center for 15 years. Under her leadership, the Center expanded from serving 100 students annually in Boston to 700 students across the state of Massachusetts. A veteran classroom teacher, Ayele taught for eleven years in the Los Angeles area and in the Boston Public Schools, and co-authored the book Boost School Performance – A Parent’s Guide to Better Grades Fast. Ayele is the recipient of the 2012 Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us Award, and the 2007 Nan Bennett Kay Great Friend to Kids Award presented by the Boston Children’s Museum. In 2014, she was appointed as Chair of the Education Committee for the Boston NAACP. A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.