Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon is a veteran educator who is widely recognized as an innovator and champion for career and technical education. He was appointed Superintendent-Director of the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District in 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience. In 2019, Bouquillon was nominated as semi-finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the National Association of School Superintendents.
Dr. Bouquillon believes that career and technical education, coupled with rigorous academic courses, gives Minuteman graduates a competitive edge in the new global economy. That’s why he describes Minuteman as “a revolution in learning.”
His leadership and collaboration with local and state leaders was instrumental in the construction of a new state-of-the-art building for Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, which opened in September 2019. The new facility fosters a robust college and career academy model that has led to new or expanded programs to respond to labor demands, including biotechnology, engineering technology, environmental science, advanced manufacturing, multimedia engineering, and soon, animal science.
During his tenure, Minuteman has consistently performed well on statewide student testing and outperformed the state average on graduation rates. In 2018, Minuteman was one of only three vocational-technical schools designated as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for overall excellence.
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.
In 2010, Dr. Bouquillon was recognized by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce for implementing an “Innovative Community Program” in training bio-manufacturing. 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.