Tommy Chang, Ed.D.
Superintendent Tommy Chang took over as leader of the Boston Public Schools on July 1, 2015, succeeding retired Interim Superintendent John P. McDonough.
The Boston School Committee in March 2015 selected Dr. Chang as the new superintendent from a field of four finalists, awarding him a five-year contract – the longest of any in the country for the head of a large urban district.
Nearly three months before officially starting as superintendent, Dr. Chang arrived in Boston and embarked on a “Listen and Learn Tour.” He and his transition team visited more than 30 schools across Boston and met with more than 1,500 community members.
The team’s work laid the foundation for BPS’s 100-Day Plan, which called for the creation of a “Culture of We” – a concept that embraces greater collaboration and two-way communication between the district’s staff and the students, families and community members BPS serves at 125 schools. Additionally, in 2016, Dr. Chang oversaw the implementation of the district’s five-year Strategic Implementation Plan, titled, “Stronger Schools, Stronger Boston: A Plan to Foster Equity, Coherence, and Innovation,” which represents a culmination of ideas and thoughtful planning to implement best practices and effective systems to serve our students.
Under Dr. Chang’s leadership, the district operates under the three core values of equity, coherence, and innovation with a focus on fostering safe, welcoming, and sustaining learning environments for all students. He continues to publicly stand up for the rights of students of all backgrounds, including immigrant and transgender students.
Prior to joining the Boston Public Schools, Dr. Chang served as the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center (ISIC) at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he oversaw 135 schools and approximately 95,000 students.
A former biology teacher at Compton High School and a founding principal of a charter school in Venice, Calif., Dr. Chang previously served as special assistant to the superintendent of LAUSD.
A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, a M.Ed. from the Principals Leadership Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a M.Ed. from the Teachers Education Program at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.