Dr. Bouquillon is a veteran educator who is widely recognized as an innovator and champion for career and technical education. He was appointed Superintendent-Director at Minuteman in 2007. He has more than 25 years of experience, and holds a doctorate in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State University, a Masters in Agriculture Industry from Penn State University, and a BS in Occupational and Vocational Education from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Bouquillon is an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), the leading advocate for career and technical education in Massachusetts. He served as MAVA president from 2013-2014, held positions on its Executive Committee, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.
During his tenure at Minuteman, the school has consistently performed well on statewide student testing. Its graduation rates and dropout rates have outperformed the state average. It has created several new programs to respond to labor market demands, including Bio Manufacturing, Engineering Technology, and Environmental Science. It has added Advanced Placement (AP) courses. It continues to offer an innovative Technology Outreach Program for in-district middle school students and a program for young Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
For the past several years, Dr. Bouquillon has been working with School Committee members, town leaders, and state officials to improve the quality of the physical plant at Minuteman. A School Building Committee is exploring a host of options, including renovation of the existing building or construction of a new one. Under his leadership on the building project, the School Committee has embraced a new Educational Program Plan that calls for the creation of two Career Academies, a Shared House, and a variety of new or updated career and technical education program offerings.
Dr. Bouquillon believes that career and technical education, coupled with rigorous academic courses, give Minuteman graduates a competitive edge in the new global economy. That’s why he describes Minuteman as “A Revolution in Learning.”
When students graduate from Minuteman, he wants them to be able to answer two key questions: What do I do well? And what do I love to do? Knowing the answers will help them discover where they belong in high school and beyond.
Prior to joining Minuteman, Dr. Bouquillon served in leadership roles at the Windham Regional Career Center, Pioneer Valley Business-Education Partnership, and the Career and Technical Education Center/Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, having served as a teacher and consultant, including work for Compaq Computer Corp as a Human Performance Consultant.
Dr. Bouquillon has won numerous awards and accolades. In 2010, Dr. Bouquillon was recognized by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce for implementing an “Innovative Community Program” in training bio-manufacturing. The Middlesex District Attorney recognized Minuteman with the “Marty Meehan Education Leadership Award”, noting the school’s efforts in providing a safe and secure learning environment. He was named Vermont’s Technical Education Center Director of the Year in 2005. His doctoral research earned the 2004 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award from the National University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education.
He has been active in a host of community organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and was elected its Chairman in 2012. He co-founded the Massachusetts Vocational Leadership Alumni Association and served as its President from 1991-93. He served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Workforce Investment Boards from 2013-14. Since 2008, he has served on the State Advisory Board to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
He traveled to China in 2007 and again in 2011 to study the interface between vocational education, workforce improvement, and economic development.
Dr. Bouquillon earned his PhD in Workforce Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University. He received a Master of Agriculture degree from Penn State and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational and Vocational Education from the University of Connecticut.
He has spoken to numerous community groups through the Minuteman district, made presentations at state and national educational conferences, and written or co-authored articles on a multitude of educational topics.
He lives in Lincoln.