Dr. Mark E. Carlson

Mark E. CarlsonAs the President and Executive Director of CCCBSD, my role is one of facilitator of opportunities for our students, parents, and faculty. My job is to ensure we have the highest caliber of resources for adaptive and exceptional learning in our classrooms, on campus, and in the community. This includes bringing together an amazing team of highly qualified educators, each committed to the triumphs of our students. 

We pride ourselves in knowing that we have created the top school in the northeast for children with unique language and learning needs.  These outcomes are seen in our research, application of best practices, and celebration of daily student achievement.  From my leadership perspective, our organization is designed with our board of trustees and me at the foundation and our students at the top.  This is both a philosophical and practical reminder that all members of CCCBSD are pushing success up to our students. 

A bit about my background. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University, a Master of Business Administration from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Endicott College.  My doctoral research, titled, “The Role of Trustees, Presidents, and Chief Financial Officers in Long-Term Capital Investments at Small Colleges“, examined the implications when small institutions borrow large amounts of capital debt to finance an uncertain strategic future. 

I enjoy serving in a leadership role with the following groups:  as co-chair of the Coalition of Private Schools for Deaf Children (COPSDC); as a director for the North Shore Chamber of Commerce;  as treasurer of the board of trustees at Bridgton Academy and  with continual board service to the MAAPS board of directors.

When I’m not helping to run our school you will find me running on the roads or trails around New England.  I have been humbled to lead our 140+ hard-working, and talented faculty since 2004. 

Here I am with a student during our Harvest Walk.