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Welcome the Next Director of MCS

Welcome the Next Director of MCS

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

We are pleased and excited to announce that the Board of Trustees has chosen Corey Blay to serve as our next Director. Like our founders, Gus and Marty Trowbridge, and Michèle Solá, who has been our leader for more than two decades, Corey has a deep belief in the power of an inclusive education to create a better world for everyone. Corey will formally join MCS in July 2020, and we expect he will be a regular presence at school and at MCS events between now and then.

Corey began his career in education nearly 15 years ago. He joined Fieldston as a history teacher, was later a founding team member of Fieldston’s then-new middle school and eventually took on the additional role of Diversity Coordinator. After leaving Fieldston, Corey developed a mentorship program at Teach for America designed to support and retain staff members of color and those from low-income backgrounds. He also earned an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He now serves as program director of the NYU Leadership Initiative, where his accomplishments include generating support from major corporations to create a scholarship program at Stern for first-generation, low-income students.

The MCS Search Committee worked tirelessly for months to gather a pool of nearly two dozen candidates and then narrowed that group down to the three finalists who visited the school this fall. Corey stood out at every step for his lifelong pursuit of the kind of diversity and equity that is the heartbeat of the MCS mission and his sustained commitment to developing the array of leadership and fund-raising skills needed to turn that shared vision into an everyday reality. When Corey spoke at the school, his powerful personal journey, passion for education, compelling public presence and ability to quickly establish a rapport with students, parents, faculty and staff alike all shone through. The strong positive feedback from the community dovetailed with the Board’s conclusion that Corey is the right leader at the right time for MCS. 

“This is truly a dream come true,” Corey said after accepting the position. “It’s an honor to steward Gus and Marty's vision and build on Michèle’s legacy as we endeavor to amplify our voice and impact across the city and beyond. I’m eager to meet with and learn from more members of the MCS family, thrilled to partner with you all to chart MCS’ next chapter and excited to milk my first cow at the Farm as soon as possible.”      

Board members are energized by the work of the school leadership team and look forward to working closely with Corey in the coming months to help him prepare for his new role. We encourage everyone in our community to welcome Corey and to share with him your knowledge, expertise and personal perspective about MCS, both what makes it special and how he can lead it to even greater heights in the years to come.

In partnership,
Dr. Gisele C. Shorter, Chair, MCS Board of Trustees
Roxanne Leff, Chair of the Director Search Committee