Michael F. Dipaola '69
Chancellor Professor of Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership
Mike DiPaola returned to his alma mater in 1998 after a K-12 career that spanned from teacher to assistant principal, principal and superintendent. Having served as senior administrator of a school district, he was excited that his role at W&M would allow him to teach again, pursue research projects, forge partnerships with colleagues and practitioners and continue his own personal growth.
Over the course of his tenure at William & Mary he collaborated with a diverse group of students, colleagues, and K-12 partners—and he found it especially rewarding to co-publish research with current and former students. His teaching and research interests include social processes in school organizations, improving instruction, and educational leadership.
"Working at W&M was never boring because the program was constantly innovating and pursuing new ideas from a curricular point of view. It’s been most rewarding to see my former students move on to roles as school administrators and professors."
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The DiPaola Family Scholarship is a need-based scholarship supporting students pursuing graduate work in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership. It was established by Mike DiPaola for students from underrepresented backgrounds who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to PK-12 education.