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Tommy Chang, Ed.D. 2017 Honorary Degree Recipient's citation

2017 Honorary Degree recipient – Tommy Chang, Ed.D.

May 14th, 2017

Dr. Tommy Chang is the Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools and a prominent leader in promoting excellence in education. His long-standing commitment to improving high school graduation rates and creating a culture of partnerships and collaboration is an inspiration to us all.

Dr. Chang is a former biology high school teacher and a founding principal of a charter school in Venice, California. He also served as Local Instructional Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), before accepting his position with the Boston Public Schools in July of 2015.

A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of six, he has held influential roles through hard work and determination. Dr. Chang holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, an M.Ed. from the Principals Leadership Institute at UCLA, an M.Ed. from the Teachers Education Program at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

His journey personifies the values and goals of Pine Manor College. Among Dr. Chang’s many achievements is the development of the Boston Public Schools Strategic Plan that encourages innovation, collaboration, and building relationships. The plan puts each student’s educational experience at the center, as a fundamental way to achieve educational excellence. That focus also reflects the Pine Manor College vision of ‘One Student at a Time.’

Pine Manor College is proud to recognize Dr. Chang for his contribution to quality education in Boston. The College greatly appreciates the partnership with the Boston Public Schools from which 20% of our students come. Thanks to active partnerships in the City of Boston, Pine Manor College can successfully graduate students at three times the national average for the population that we serve, and many of our graduates will be returning to their neighborhoods and giving back to their communities.


Pine Manor College is a small, private four-year liberal arts college situated in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts, only a few miles outside of Boston. For over 100 years Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education and mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition. With 85% students of color, Pine Manor is one of the most diverse private colleges in the U.S. and offers Bachelors degrees in a variety of areas including Biology, Psychology, Community Health, Business Management, and Early Childhood Education. The College focuses on pathways to careers through internships and organizational partnerships and academic programs that instill skills and competencies needed in today’s changing workplace. By partnering with private and public organizations, Pine Manor College creates experiential learning opportunities that lead to careers. As an example of our success, 100% of the class of 2016 were employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months of graduation.

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