Michael G. Barney has been the Director of Mass Academy since July of 2011. He has a B.A. in Biology from Saint Michael’s College, an M.S. in Counseling and a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership and Management from Fitchburg State University. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the NCSSS (National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools) as the chair of the membership committee. Before coming to Mass Academy, Mr. Barney was Principal of Lunenburg High School for 11 years, was a guidance counselor at Wachusett Regional High School, and began his teaching career at St. Bernard’s CCHS in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has also taught for Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College. He was President of the Midland Wachusett Secondary School Administrators Association for many years, and is a leader in secondary school innovation. He was certified as a trainer in the “Breaking Ranks” model of High School Reform and has presented seminars at the MSSAA Summer Institute on innovative scheduling models and strategies on high school reform, as well as several NCSSS National Conferences and the Massachusetts STEM Summit.