Introducing our incoming Head of School
Albert College is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark Musca as incoming Head of School, effective August 1, 2019. Mark’s appointment follows an extensive international search that was launched in September last year, and which began with consultations with members of the Albert College community. His selection was the result of an advertising and outreach campaign that attracted several high-calibre candidates.
A Message from the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. John Barritt '68:
On behalf of the Board of Governors and our Search Committee, I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new Head of School.
Mark has an impressive background in education that spans some 24 years. Inspired by his father, who was a Director of Education, Mark became an educator and spent most of his career within the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO), first as a teacher in both elementary and secondary schools, then as a department head. In 1999, Mark was appointed vice-principal of St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario. Four years later, he became St. Michael’s principal and served in that capacity for three years. St. Michael was, and remains, a well-respected secondary school, having been ranked by the Fraser Institute as the number one publicly-funded secondary school in Ontario during Mark’s tenure there as principal.
In 2007, Mark became superintendent of education with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, a position he held for eight years. With responsibility for the Human Resources Department, Mark developed expertise in educational law, grievance arbitration, labour relations, contract negotiations, staffing and leadership development. Additionally, as a school superintendent, he worked closely with elementary and secondary school principals to ensure that all students and their families were being well-served.
Attracted to the innovative work being conducted in independent schools, and keen to return to day-to-day interaction with students and teachers, Mark joined Villanova College in King City in 2015 where he is completing his fourth year as Principal.
Mark is passionate about education and dedicated to fostering a learning environment that will support each student’s success, and has developed a reputation as a caring, compassionate and collaborative school leader.
Mark’s educational credentials include a BA in History (Carleton University), an MSc in Teaching (State University of NY Potsdam) and various specialist certificates (Queen’s University and OCSTA/OECTA), Principal’s Qualifications (Ontario Principals’ Council), and the Ontario Supervisory Officer’s Qualification (Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network).
Mark and his wife, Claudia, have three daughters: the oldest (Catarina) will be starting university (Carleton) in September; the younger two (Isabella and Adriana) are looking forward to attending Albert College in Grades 11 and 5 respectively. Mark and his family are delighted to be moving to Belleville, where Mark lived for six years when he was younger, and where they will be close to family and to their many friends in Eastern Ontario.
“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be joining Albert College, a school steeped in history and tradition. I am excited not only to work at an institution with such a stellar reputation for preparing young people for university and for life, but also to be part of a community that, with its emphasis on the 5 A’s, encourages students to take risks, to branch out, and to try new things. My wife Claudia and I, along with our three daughters, are all very excited to be making Belleville our new home and experiencing all that the area has to offer.” - Mark Musca, Incoming Head of School
“We spent a lot of time getting to know Mark, in both formal and informal settings, and we have really come to admire his dedication, his professionalism, and his humility.” - Alison Gilbert, Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Head of School Search Committee
As Chair, I also know from my own involvement that the Search Committee members were impressed with Mark’s deep experience as a teacher and as an administrative leader, as well as by the uniformly positive feedback from his references. The Board of Governors is confident in Mark’s ability to lead Albert College into the future while respecting its history, community spirit, and the individual attention for which our school is known.
On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to thank the members of the Search Committee for their thoroughness and dedication to this important task of finding a new Head of School. I would also like to thank members of the Albert College community, and in particular Albert College faculty and staff, whose perspectives helped to inform the development of the position profile.
Finally, I invite all members of the Albert College community to join me in extending a warm welcome to Mark and his family as we enter a new chapter in our school’s history. We are 162 years strong for good reason.
John Barritt ‘68
Chair, Board of Governors