MCLA Welcomes Eberwein as New Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education


 NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced the appointment of Howard Jacob (Jake) Eberwein III, Ed.D., as its new dean of graduate and continuing education.

Eberwein, who graduated from MCLA's Masters of Education Program in 2003, and earned his principal certification as a graduate of the College's Leadership Academy of the Berkshires in 2002, said he is both excited and honored to join the MCLA community because the College had a significant role in his professional growth and development.

"I look forward to working collaboratively with the MCLA leadership team, faculty and community in expanding high quality educational opportunities for the citizens of Berkshire County and beyond," Eberwein said. "There is no better time to be afforded the opportunity to strengthen existing and create new programs that will support the advancement of individuals in the public, non-profit and private sectors.  

"In doing so, MCLA will serve as the educational engine that powers the continued economic growth of our region," he continued. "I feel privileged to work for an organization with such a strong reputation, and I greatly look forward to rolling up my sleeves and diving into the work in the coming months."

According to Cynthia Brown, MCLA vice president of academic affairs, "Jake is an accomplished and dedicated educator who will be an outstanding leader for our graduate and continuing education programs. I look forward to working with him and know that faculty and staff who will work with him will benefit from his knowledge and experience. I'm very excited he will be joining the MCLA community and continuing to lead on behalf of education in the Berkshires."

Eberwein spent18 years as an educator and an administrator in the public schools of Berkshire County, most recently as superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools, from 2008 until June of this year.

As superintendent, Eberwein's accomplishments include elevating Pittsfield to the top performing system among the 24 urban school districts in the state. He oversaw improved district performance on all data indicators including Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) performance, schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets and the system graduation rate.

Eberwein further created a performance and strategic plan designed to facilitate continuous improvement in the district. He wrote and implemented district bullying and wellness policies. His 2011 bullying policy was recognized as a model plan by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Pittsfield Schools were profiled for their efforts on CBS national news.

His wellness policy led to the successful application and award of a federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant that will infuse several million dollars into wellness and physical activity programs. Eberwein also led development of a public relations plan for the district, as well as capital planning projects.

Eberwein also created or extended a number of key partnerships, including funding for enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth; launch of El Sistema music program in two Pittsfield schools; facilities upgrades with support of the Berkshire Sheriff's department; mentoring and job shadow program for high-school-aged youth; and advancement of advisory boards for technology, vocational education and high school academies.

A recognized expert in urban school leadership, Eberwein served as co-chair of the Massachusetts Urban Superintendents Network, on the statewide Task Force on Proficiency Gaps, and as a reviewer of the state's successful federal Race to the Top application. He also wrote and implemented Pittsfield's Race to the Top plan.

Eberwein began his teaching career in 1994 as a science teacher at Mt. Everett Regional High School. He served successively as a science teacher at Taconic High School (1995-2003), principal of Pittsfield High School (2003-2007), and Deputy Superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools (2007-2008).

While serving as superintendent, Eberwein was a guest lecturer at UMASS-Amherst and an adjunct faculty member of MCLA and American International College. He has presented at the state and regional level on accountability and assessment, among other topics.

Eberwein holds his Ed.D. from the UMASS-Amherst. His award-winning dissertation was entitled, "Raising Legal Literacy in Public Schools, a Call for Principal Leadership: A National Study of Secondary School Principals' Knowledge of Public School Law."

He earned his B.A. in biology-chemistry from Skidmore College, his M.Ed. from MCLA, and his principal certification from MCLA as a graduate of Berkshire Leadership Academy.

Prior to entering education, Eberwein was owner/operator of a general contracting business and maintains his license in construction supervision. He serves on the boards of Berkshire United Way and the Berkshire Museum, and coaches in the Dalton Recreation League. He resides with his family in Dalton.