Interim Head of School
Mount St. Dominic Academy welcomes Mr. James “Jay” MacDonald as our Interim Head of School effective July 1, 2021. Mr. MacDonald will transition into the leadership role previously held by Sister Frances Sullivan, OP ‘60, who announced her retirement earlier this year after successfully serving as the head of school for 23 years, and previously as a faculty member since 1983.
“I am excited to work in collaboration with the MSDA faculty and staff to guide our students on the journey of self-discovery and acquisition of knowledge, while serving as the guardian of the Dominican charism – the foundation of faith that will continue to set the Mount apart for generations to come.”
Mr. MacDonald joins the Mount with classroom, administrative and leadership experience spanning elementary to college level Catholic institutions. With many years leading both single-sex and co-ed schools, Mr. MacDonald most recently served as principal of Monsignor Haddad Middle School in Needham, Massachusetts. Previous leadership roles with Cristo Rey Boston High School in Boston and Juan Diego Academy in Mission, Texas, came after his nine-year tenure as president and CEO of his own high school alma mater, Catholic Memorial School in Boston, a role he took on after serving for five years as president and CEO of Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida.
In addition to his roles in school leadership, Mr. MacDonald has held executive and advancement leadership positions with the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in Naples, Florida, Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America, and San Marco Catholic Parish in Marco Island, Florida.
Born and raised in Boston, Mr. MacDonald was taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at St. Augustine Grammar School, and attended Catholic Memorial High School where he began his affiliation with the Christian Brothers. He earned his BA in English with minors in education and religious studies from Iona College in 1979, and his M.Ed. in school administration from Boston College in 1990.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the community of Mount St. Dominic Academy through this next phase in the school’s history, and excited to build on the foundation that has been strengthened by Sister Fran, a treasured and impactful leader, and shaped by each of the Sisters of Saint Dominic that came before her,” noted Mr. MacDonald. “I am excited to work in collaboration with the MSDA faculty and staff to guide our students on the journey of self-discovery and acquisition of knowledge, while serving as the guardian of the Dominican charism – the foundation of faith that will continue to set the Mount apart for generations to come.”
As this next chapter begins and the school welcomes a new steward of the Mount’s mission of empowering young women in the Dominican tradition, plans to introduce Mr. MacDonald to the extended community will be shared in the weeks and months ahead.