Mario R. Borunda, EdD, will assume the position of dean of the School of Educational Leadership & Change at Fielding Graduate University as of January 1, 2012.
In announcing Borunda’s appointment, Fielding President Richard Meyers, PhD, wrote “We are honored that Dr. Borunda has accepted our invitation to assume this vital leadership role in our university. In the relatively short period since it was founded, ELC has established a well-earned reputation as a quality leader in higher education. It is highly regarded for its relevant community-based curriculum for creative change in our nation’s schools. We are certain Dr. Borunda will honor what the school has accomplished and take it to an even greater influential role in educational leadership.”
Borunda comes to Fielding from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where he was dean of the School of Education and led a significant expansion of its programs and enrollment. Prior positions included vice president at the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and dean of the graduate school at Wheelock College in Boston.
Borunda is a native of southern California where he started his career as an elementary school teacher. He earned a master’s degree in childhood development from Boston University and then a doctoral degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time there he served as the chair of the Harvard Educational Review and co-founder of the Center for Urban and Minority Education.
He is known throughout the country, and especially in the northeast, as a leading expert in early childhood education and in the K-12 arena, having been active in numerous school reform organizations and private and public boards including the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Council and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Assessment and Accountability Committee.
Borunda has a track record for collaborative leadership and working with people and organizations to help them achieve their aspirations. He sees in Fielding a shared passion for using transformative education to achieve the goals of social justice and diversity in our society.