Douglas C. Cummings

Douglas C. Cummings joined Educators’ Collaborative in 2014. In addition to executive searches, his consulting practice includes governance, strategic planning, executive coaching, mentoring and leadership team development. As an EC Partner, he is fully committed to positioning schools for success through effective leadership.

 

Prior to joining Educators’ Collaborative, he served for 10 years as the Executive Director of The Independent Schools Association of Northern New England. During that time he led the ISANNE Executive Coaching Pilot Project for new Heads, and founded ISANNELEADS, the Association’s Leadership Institute. Prior to his work at ISANNE, he was the Head of School at Maine Central Institute for 18 years. Also during his career as an independent school professional, he has been very active in association work chairing numbers of school accreditation teams and serving on the Commission for Independent Schools at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Professional Experience

  • Educators’ Collaborative LLC – Partner, 2014 – Present
  • Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE) – Executive Director, 2004 – 2014
  • Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, ME – Headmaster, 1986 – 2004
  • Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft, ME – Assistant Headmaster, 1981 – 1986

Education

  • University of Maine, B.S., 1977
  • University of Maine, M.Ed., 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • Independent School Association Network – Executive Committee
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission Member
  • Maine Association of Independent Schools – Past President

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Professional Experience

  • Educators’ Collaborative, Partner, 2003 – present
  • Middlesex School, MA; Head of School, 1990 – 2003
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development, 1983 – 1990; Assistant Chancellor, 1982 – 1983; Dean of Academic Support Services, 1981 – 1982; Dean of Admissions, 1979 – 1981; Director of Freshman Admissions, 1978 – 1979
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook; Assistant Director of Admissions, 1974 – 1978
  • Western Michigan University; Admissions Counselor, 1973 – 1974

Education

  • University of Rochester, B.A. Philosophy, cum laude, 1965
  • University of Rhode Island, M.A., English, 1968
  • Tufts University, Teaching Assistant, Ph.D. English, 1976
  • Klingenstein Visiting Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • The Louis August Jonas Foundation, 2009 – 2014
  • Headmaster’s Association, 1993 – present
  • Head Mistresses Association of the East, 1990 – present
  • National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, 1990 – present
  • Falmouth Academy; Board of Trustees; 2003 – 2009
  • Fay School; Board of Trustees; 2003 – 2009
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education; Board of Trustees; 1993 – 2003
  • Educational Records Bureau, Board of Trustees, 1996 – 2003
  • Emerson Hospital, Board of Trustees, 1996 – 2003
  • NEASC, Commission on Independent Schools, 1994 – 1995
  • AISNE, Board of Trustees, 1992 – 1995
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Board of Directors, 2007 – 2010
  • The College Board, 1983 – 1987