Richard Chang | Principal, Josiah Quincy Upper School
Richard Chang served for 6 years as a teacher-leader and as an 11th and 12th grade history teacher at the Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS) before his appointment as co-headmaster. Under his tenure as the International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, JQUS was authorized for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and as headmaster, the school was authorized for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). JQUS is the first school in New England to offer the spectrum of IB MYP and DP Programmes for grades 6-12. In the last two years, JQUS seniors have attained measurably higher achievement in terms of IB DP exam outcomes and rankings of colleges accepting our students. Prior to his career in public education, Richard worked in law and investment management. After attending Boston College Law School, he practiced in the juvenile division at the Massachusetts public defender’s office. Richard then founded and managed a private investment company. After a soul-searching quest for life’s meaning and significance, Richard turned to public education and never looked back. Raised as a child of diplomats, Richard has lived in diverse capital cities: Geneva, Switzerland; Ottawa, Canada; Taipei, Taiwan; and Washington, D.C. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York in his middle school years, and he later attended Stuyvesant High School in New York. In spite of his misguided Yankees days, he is now a devoted fan of Boston teams.