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Resolution in Honor of Mario Rene Borunda

Signed by Chairman Charles F. Desmond and Commissioner Richard M. Freeland, and delivered at the December 6, 2011, meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Members of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Commissioner Freeland

From left: Board members Henry Thomas and Jeanne-Marie Boylan; Board member designee Saeyun Lee; Commissioner Richard M. Freeland; Board members Mario Borunda and Nancy Hoffman; Board Chairman Charles F. Desmond; and Board member Angel Donahue-Rodriguez.

WHEREAS, Dr. Mario Rene Borunda was appointed to the Board of Higher Education in September 2008, bringing 29 years of experience as an educator, researcher and administrator in elementary and higher education to his service to the Board; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Borunda also brought important experiences from service on many nonprofit boards including the Board of Directors of the Reading Recovery Council of North America, the Advisory Committee for Health Practices in Early Childhood Programs and the Massachusetts Early Education and Care and Out-of-School Time Workforce Development Task Force, which he co-chaired; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Borunda's extensive postsecondary achievements as Chair of the Harvard Educational Review, Founder of the Center for Urban and Minority Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Graduate Dean of Wheelock College and Dean of the School of Education at Lesley University have been reflected in significant contributions to Board discussions and policy formulation; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Borunda has been an active and engaged Board member who is respectful of the opinions of others and a pleasure to work with, having worked tirelessly on several committees and task forces including the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee and the Commonwealth Transfer Advisory Group; and

WHEREAS, the Board is particularly grateful for Dr. Borunda’s 18 months of service as an dynamic member and respected colleague on the Vision Project Working Group on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment, in which he helped to guide the Group in the especially difficult areas of resource and technology support for assessment activities and in conversations about the use of electronic portfolios for assessment of student learning; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Borunda epitomizes his own characterization of what motivates and inspires educators, as he told The Boston Globe in 2009, that “people choose to become teachers for reasons of the heart… to have an impact… to change people's lives”;


On behalf of the members of the Board of Higher Education, the Department staff, and the students and institutions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education honors and commends Mario Rene Borunda on the occasion of his departure from service for the diligence with which he has served the Board and for his many contributions to Massachusetts public education.


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