The Executive Board meets biannually at the winter and summer conferences. The Executive Board consists of the Executive Director, Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, and nominated representatives drawn from a pool of active member Principals/Directors, emeritus members, and/or host college administrators.

Power and Responsibility

The affairs and business of MCNC are managed and directed by the Executive Board, specifically to:

  • Formulate, implement and supervise the operation of all programs of the Consortium and assist the various committees in carrying out such programs.
  • Prepare an annual operating budget and manage and supervise the financial operation of the Consortium.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the membership policy of the Consortium and annual dues.
  • Seek to obtain public understanding, acceptance and esteem for the Consortium, its purpose, programs and services.

Executive Board Members Bios


Tamera Bolden 

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Dr. Cecilia Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Middle College National Consortium.  She served as the Principal of Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College for 22 years until 2002. She is the co-founder of two other Middle College High Schools on LaGuardia’s Campus: The International High School and Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Art and Technology. In 1993, she founded the National Consortium of Middle College High Schools, a network of more than 30 Middle College High Schools located on college campuses that academically engage traditionally under-served students. She started her career as a math teacher and holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has done professional development for new principals in New York City for 13 years and was the founder of the Bank Street Principals Institute. As the Director of the Middle College National Consortium’s Early College Initiative funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kellogg Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Ford Foundation, she is responsible for starting 18 new Middle College-Early College High Schools and redesigning 12 existing Middle College High Schools to Middle College-Early College High Schools. She is the recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award, 2004.

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Principle, MCHS Erie

Susan M. Doyle has been employed by the Buffalo Public Schools for the past thirty-two years. She attended State University College at Buffalo, receiving her B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education, M.S. in Special Education Learning & Behavior Disorders and a C.A.S. Degree in School Administration. Ms. Doyle taught emotionally disturbed 14-21 year olds for eleven years. She then moved on to School Administration, serving as an Assistant Principal in a Comprehensive High School for four years before being promoted to a Secondary Principal in a grade five through twelve magnet school, Buffalo Traditional, which accepted students from the entire District. Ms. Doyle served in that position for nine years.

In 2003, Ms. Doyle was asked to open the first Middle Early College High School in Western New York. Middle Early College High School is housed in an office building in downtown Buffalo and is partnered with Erie Community College and D’Youville College. The school is in its eighth year of existence.

Ms. Doyle was elected to the Executive Board for the Middle College National Consortium in 2007. She is also a member of the Secondary Principal’s Association in Buffalo, as well as serving on the Smart Scholars Advisory Board for SUNY.

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Margaret Green


Nicholas Mazzarella currently holds the position of Principal at Brooklyn College Academy, an Early College High School located on the Brooklyn College campus and the Annex site on Coney Island Avenue. Starting his tenure at BCA in 2005, Mr. Mazzarella has initiated several collaborations with: The Brooklyn College School of Education (Dean Deborah Shanely), Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), and the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). In 2009 he was awarded the John Goodlad Award from the NNER in Seattle Washington for his outstanding work as a leader in equitable education for all students. He has continued to participate in the following NNER Symposiums: Charleston, West Virginia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Normal, Illinois and Seattle, Washington. Mr. Mazzarella has attended the annual conference of the Council of Great City Schools for the past three years. On October, 2010, Council of the Great City Schools accepted his proposal entitled Peer Review – BCA Style which was presented in Tampa, Florida. He has participated at the MCNC student leadership conference and annual summer conference for the past five years.

From January 2001 to June 2005, Nicholas Mazzarella was the Principal of Park East High School, a small Alternative High School located in Manhattan. He was a founding faculty member at Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science on the campus of Hostos Community College from 1987 to 2001, In 1992, Mr. Mazzarella assumed the position of Assistant Principal at Hostos which he held until 2001.

Nicholas Mazzarella received his BS degree from Long Island University, MS degree from Long Island University, and his MS degree in Educational Administration from Pace University. He has held positions as Adjunct Lecturer at Long Island University, Hostos Community College and Brooklyn College.

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Joyce C. Mitchell was the founding principal of Middle College High School at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis, Tennessee where she served for 18 years.   As a charter member of the Executive Board of the Middle College National Consortium, she has provided extensive technical assistance to middle/early colleges, school districts, and university partners.  In 2003, Mrs. Mitchell assisted the district-college collaborative team in establishing a second middle college in Memphis, Hollis F. Price Middle/Early College at LeMoyne-Owen College, a historically black college.   

As the former Academic Director for High School Initiatives, Mrs. Mitchell forged university and community partnerships and coordinated the school district’s innovative secondary programs for school improvement. Additionally, Mrs. Mitchell directed and co-managed the district’s Achievement School District by implementing effective research-based strategies and academic support programs to accelerate student achievement. By creating multiple pathways for all students to earn college credits while in high school, she doubled the number of students enrolled in college courses. The district’s premier dual enrollment program is featured in the research study, Expanding Access to Dual Enrollment and College: A Case Study of Memphis City Schools conducted by the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) and the National Alliance of College Enrollment Program (NACEP).

In recognition of the “point of origin” of the Memphis’ Middle College High School, the Middle College family Unveiled a Portrait of Mrs. Mitchell celebrating her dynamic and passionate leadership. Currently, Mrs. Mitchell works as an educational consultant and a national presenter on redesigning high schools, replicating middle/early colleges, enhancing college and career readiness through dual enrollment and improving principal leadership.

Mrs. Mitchell has masters degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision and Guidance and Counseling Services from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Siena College.

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Mattie Robertson


Dr. Deborah Shanley was appointed Dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College in 1998. Prior to coming to Brooklyn College she was Dean of The School of Liberal Arts and Education at CUNY/Medgar Evers College. Her work with multiple college and community constituencies earned her a Humanitarian Award from the CUNY Consortium for the Study of Disabilities and the Medgar Evers College Worker Education Program. Dean Shanley brings to the Brooklyn College School of Education a passion for improving teaching and learning in the public schools, as well as an activist perspective on teacher education renewal. Her current work focuses on creating collaborations and partnerships with New York City schools and cultural institutions as vehicles for extending teacher preparation beyond the walls of academia.  Under her leadership the School of Education at Brooklyn College has partnerships with the American Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Center Institute Teacher Education Collaborative, and The National Parks of New York Harbor Education Center. She is the Chairperson of the Governing and Executive Board of the National Network for Educational Renewal and Chairs the Deans group for The Council of Great City Schools.

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Scott Springer worked for Denver Public Schools for 33 years as a teacher, assistant principal, Executive Director for the Office of College and Career ready, Director of Career and Technical Education for the district, and recently retired as principal of CEC Early College. Mr. Springer helped develop the CEC Early College of Denver when he was first appointed principal in 2005, which is now one on the most successful high schools in the Denver Public Schools, serving 88% first generation college-bound students, enrolling 70% of their graduate in two year or four year program. Every student at CEC Early College graduates with an average of 18 college credits. Each semester, over 500 students enrolled in college course work with a 90% pass rate.

 

Most recent awards for CEC include: Foundation for Great City Schools, “Distinguished School Award,” Denver’s 5280 Magazine’s Top 20 Schools on the Front Range, and Highest Growth Title I School in 2012 and 2013, presented from the Colorado Department of Education.

Currently, Mr. Springer is an Educational Advisor for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, (HFTFS). HFTFS is part of the Eric Smidt Family Foundation with the mission of elevating Skilled Trades programs throughout the country. HFTFS supports Skilled Trades programs, teachers and students in order to build, and enhance, the Skilled Trades work force of the future.

Mr. Springer serves on the Executive Board for Colorado FIRST Robotics, serves on the Executive Board for the Middle/Early College National Consortium board, has been a member of the Community College of Denver Advisory board. Mr. Springer was named Administrator of the Year in 2017 by the Colorado Association of Career and Technical Administrators.


Matthew Trujillo


 Dr. Chery Wagonlander serves as the Executive Director of Mott Community College’s Center for Michigan Middle & Early College Partnerships where she offers technical assistance in designing, opening, and implementing new middle and early colleges. Chery also serves as the current and founding Director of Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA), a network of 21 early college schools and 125+ early college programs. She is a charter member on the Executive Board for the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC). She continues to serve on the State of Michigan’s K-16 Committee of Scholars and the Michigan DOE Middle/Early College Leadership Council.

Chery was the founding principal of Mott Middle College (MMC), an early college located on the campus of Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan and served in the role for 25 years. She has over thirty years of educational experience serving as teacher, counselor, and administrator for both public and private K-16 education.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science and a Masters degree from the University of Michigan, a Specialist degree from Oakland University and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

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