Michael Papa is Head of School Emeritus from Bayside Academy. He joined Bayside in July of 2015, after moving to the area from West Palm Beach, Florida. He has served as Division Head or Head of School in six independent schools throughout the country. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Nasson College, a Master of Science degree from George Washington University, and education and executive leadership training from NOVA Southeastern University and Harvard University School of Business.
Michael is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy with more than 24 years of service. He has a reputation and record of successful academic leadership. He has extensive experience leading strategic planning and fund development for independent schools. Moreover, he is a leader of integrity and high ethical standards. He describes himself as a “builder” with a “growth mindset” who understands the subtleties of independent school climates and cultures.
Michael knows how to build the foundation of trust for leading strategic upgrades to a school. He is an open and clear communicator, articulating his record, his values, and his aspirations for independent school leadership.
Summary of Experience
- Head of School at Bayside Academy (Alabama), Palm Beach Day Academy (Florida), and Gulliver Preparatory School (Florida).
- Served as Executive Director of The Arc of Palm Beach County, a nonprofit empowering children
and adults with developmental disabilities.
- Executive leadership training from NOVA Southeastern University and Harvard University School of Business.
- BS from Nasson College, Master of Science degree from George Washington University.