Dr. Mark McQuillan
Former Deputy Commissioner of Education and Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Education
Dr. Mark McQuillan has spent his entire career in education; Dr. McQuillan holds advanced degrees from Harvard University and has served in a number of administrative capacities: Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and Deputy Commissioner of Education and Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Dr. McQuillan began his career as a teacher in the Newton Public Schools where he taught English at the F.A. Day Middle School. Dr. McQuillan also served as Executive Director/President of EDCO, the Education Collaborative for Greater Boston. In 2007, Dr. McQuillan was appointed as Commissioner of Education by the Connecticut State Board of Education until his resignation in 2011. The author of several publications, Dr. McQuillan has written extensively about curriculum and staff development, leadership training, and strategic planning. He is co-editor of Thought and Language/ Language and Reading, published by the Harvard Educational Review. He is also the editor and producer of No Child Left Behind, A Toolkit for Massachusetts. Dr. McQuillan's research interests are centered on secondary school reform, English language learning, and federal policy. He has just completed a comparative study of education reform in Connecticut and Massachusetts.