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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

David W. Manzo

philosophy department


David Manzo

Part-time Faculty

M.Ed. Harvard University
B.A. Boston College

Curriculum Vitae

Phone: 617-719-1246
Fax: 617-552-3874


Professional Career

David Manzo has taught in the Boston College PULSE Program since 1980. In addition, in 2004 he became the sixth president of Cotting School, located in Lexington, MA. Founded in 1893, Cotting School is America’s first day school for children with a broad spectrum of learning and communication disabilities, physical challenges, and complex medical conditions. Prior to assuming this position, he served 20 years as president of COMPASS, a private educational and social services organization serving high-risk, inner-city children and their families.

David is currently a board member for the following organizations: Massachusetts Association of 766-Approved Private Schools, COMPASS, the Children's League of Massachusetts, Pine Street Inn, Protestant Guild for Human Services and Roxbury Latin School.

He is the recipient of several awards, including two from Boston College - the Exemplary Service Award from the PULSE Program and the Award of Excellence in Public Service from the Alumni Association. He also received the Tennessee-based Lyndhurst Foundation's Prize that honors individuals whose contributions in a variety of fields - including education and community service - embody "creativity, passion, and good will." To the dismay of his friends in Boston, he is a life-long New York Yankees fan.

Fields of Interest

  • Urban planning
  • Special Education
  • Non-profit Management

Current Teaching

  • Values in Social Services and Health Care, PULSE Program
  • Boston: An Urban Analysis, PULSE Program

Recent Publications

Manzo, D & Campbell Peters, E. (2008) Cotting School: A Pictorial History. Arcadia Publishing


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