2016 Richard J. Bradley Award

Michael Contompasis is presented the Richard J. Bradley Award by Cameron Staples, President of NEASC on December 9, 2016.



Michael Contompasis, interim headmaster of Boston Latin School, was presented with the Richard J. Bradley Award at the 131st Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in Boston on Friday, December 9, 2016.

The Richard J. Bradley Endowment Fund Award, named for the longtime Executive Director of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), is presented annually to an active New England educator who has made significant contributions to the work and purpose of NEASC and whose exemplary work maintains and advocates high standards of excellence in education. Mr. Contompasis graduated from Boston Latin in 1957, went on to teach biology and chemistry at his alma mater, and eventually served as headmaster from 1976 to 1998. He was appointed chief operating officer for Boston Public Schools in 1998 before becoming superintendent of the district from 2005 to 2007.

A celebrated educational leader in Boston, Mr. Contompasis has been an active and valued Board member and contributor to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges for many years. Most recently, he served as the Chair of the NEASC Strategic Planning Committee, which developed a comprehensive blueprint for expanding the value and impact of NEASC accreditation on its member schools. Prior to that, he chaired a special Board Advisory Committee which examined strategies for restructuring the accreditation process and examined how NEASC can better align with the needs of its public school members. In addition, he served two terms as a member of the Commission on International Education (CIE), volunteered as a CIE visiting team member, and served on the executive search committee of the NEASC Board of Trustees. Cameron Staples, NEASC President, stated that "Michael Contompasis' passionate commitment to the vital role that accreditation can play in school improvement has inspired his colleagues across New England and profoundly impacted the future direction of the organization."

Upon receiving the award, Mr. Contompasis thanked NEASC for the honor and stated:

“The work of NEASC is solid work… [it is] the work that makes the young people in our K-16 schools understand that they are receiving quality instruction.”