Head of School Message

Chris McDonald head of school

Welcome to Maine Central Institute! I am deeply honored to be Maine Central Institute’s 22nd Head  of  School, and I am happy to welcome you to MCI. 

My family arrived at MCI in mid-July 2019, after a service trip to Vietnam where I led student volunteers from the United States to work on projects with the Sakura-Olympia School in Danang. In the short time that we’ve been living in Maine, the MCI community has embraced my family, welcoming us with open arms and with genuine feelings of gratitude and helpfulness. People in central Maine and around the world work to keep MCI stronger, and they invite everyone to join them in achieving that shared goal.

Town academies like MCI represent what makes communities in Maine unique, and the welcoming spirit means a lot to newcomers like me. When classes start in the fall, please come to campus for a visit, watch a game, see a performance and share in some of MCI’s time-honored traditions. I am eager to meet every one of you!

Since its beginning in 1866, MCI has always been a safe and supportive educational environment for students to learn, discover academic passions, develop and enhance skills, and prepare for the next step of their lives as young adults. In small classes where rigorous academics is the focus, our caring faculty encourage students to actively participate in the educational process, offering guidance for students to reach their full potential. Every day, we take pride in sharing with students a love of learning and the value of participation in the arts and athletics – with the shared goal of helping students build character and strengthen values that will carry them through life.

And yet, MCI is much more than classes and activities: like Maine itself, MCI is a welcoming community that cares for each other and respects each person on their own terms. More importantly, the educational experience at MCI nurtures strong friendships and connections that last a lifetime.

In my 25-year career in education, I have found that a strong school is constructed by a strong community, and a strong community is constructed by a strong school. I am committed to building on MCI’s relationship with the community, and I am honored to serve MCI and support its mission for years to come.

Now more than ever, MCI strives to bridge connections between people from down the street with people from all over the world. I am proud to work tirelessly in welcoming everyone to Maine Central Institute.


Christopher M. McDonald
MCI Head of School