Cameron C. Staples, President/CEO of NEASC since 2011, manages a staff of 40 employees and a volunteer base of nearly 8000 individuals. As the leader of the organization, Staples develops and implements the Association’s strategic direction, ensures the value and relevance of the NEASC accreditation process, and builds partnerships with education agencies, as well as domestic and foreign government leaders, to strengthen the role of accreditation as a mechanism for educational accountability and institutional improvement.
Board of Trustees
NEASC is managed by a Board of Trustees, which oversees the affairs of the Association. The various NEASC Commissions are empowered to manage their own accreditation processes and procedures and apply their standards, once approved by the Association Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Board of Trustees is empowered, upon the recommendation of a Commission, to grant candidacy or initial accreditation and to serve as a mechanism through which institutions may appeal an adverse action regarding their affiliation.
2021 Board Meetings: February 5, April 16, September 10, December 1
For more information on the meetings, please contact Kathy Willis at email@example.com or781-425-7706.
Theodore N. Scontras, Chair
Celeste Bowler, Chair Elect
East Providence Public Schools
East Providence, RI
Gregory B. Myers, Treasurer
Millbury Public Schools
Elizabeth W. Huergo, Secretary
American Institute of Monterrey
Retired Headmaster (Hebron Academy)
Superintendent, Regional School District 10
Superintendent, Regional School District #19
Thomas E. Hassan
President, School Year Abroad
North Andover, MA
Paul M. Fochtman
Head of School
Frankfurt International School
Christine L. McGrath
Director of Operations
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Robert N. Baldwin
Fairhaven Public Schools
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Hyde Park, MA
James W. Abrams
Connecticut Superior Court
Vice President, Business Banking Officer
Biddeford Savings Bank
North Falmouth, MA
To be announced
To be announced
Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
NEASC is made up of three Commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students in public, independent, and international schools and centers around the world.
Independent Schools (NEASC-CIS)
The NEASC Commission on Independent Schools (NEASC-CIS) is made up of school heads, senior administrators and public members. Members are selected for three-year terms (renewable once) at the December annual meeting of delegates. In drawing up a slate, the Commission reviews nominations submitted by heads of school, and takes into consideration such factors as the balance between elementary and secondary schools, representation of all six states, and a mix of types of school – single sex and coed, boarding and day, religious and secular, large and small, etc. – that reflects the membership.
- Oversee the accreditation process, policies and procedures
- Recommend changes in Standards to the Board of NEASC
- Receive reports from visiting teams and from schools throughout the decennial cycle
- Decide on accreditation status of schools; for example:
- Initial or Continued Accreditation
- Tabling of Initial Accreditation
- Continued Accreditation on Warning
- Probation Recommendation to Drop from Membership (if terms of Probation are not met)
- Report to the Board of NEASC concerning candidacy, initial or continued accreditation, or removal from accreditation
- The Commission typically holds two-day meetings in February, June, and November
- Schools are reviewed by one of two committees consisting of both elementary and secondary members
- One member reviews the Self-study, financial data and Visiting Team Report and makes a recommendation to the Commission
- All Commission members have access to the Visiting Team Report and participate in discussion
International Education (NEASC-CIE)
The NEASC Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE) is a 16-member panel of professional educators and one public member selected by institutional delegates to represent our diverse membership. Commissioners serve for three-year terms (renewable once).
Using the established NEASC-CIE Standards and Principles, commissioners meet four times a year to review Visiting Team Reports for continued and initial accreditation, along with progress reports, five year-reports, special reports and preliminary and preparatory reports. All reports that affect our candidate and accredited schools go before the commission for their input, discussion and decision regarding the status of a school's membership/accreditation.