Dear Fellow Members of the BC High Community:
I am writing to share some exciting news. Boston College High School has a new president! Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Grace Cotter Regan, a community leader with a strong BC High legacy. I look forward to working with Grace to advance the important mission of Boston College High School. Grace’s father was the late Jim Cotter ’55, the legendary BC High football coach. Her father-in-law, the late James Regan, was class of 1934 and many family members are alumni of the school. Last, but hardly least, Grace and Bernie’s son Bartley is class of 2012, where he was the Super Bowl quarterback who went on to Stonehill College. He has pursued a career in facilities management and as an assistant athletic director. Her other son, Luke, is a graduate of Bowdoin and is a Safety Manager in construction on Nantucket. Grace joins us from Saint Mary’s High School in Lynn, an urban Catholic school serving students in grades 6-12. She brings a wealth of educational experience grounded in the Jesuit and Catholic tradition.
Grace has served as Head of School at St. Mary’s since 2012 and was previously the Executive Director of Advancement for the New England Province of Jesuits and the Boston College Alumni Association. At the New England Province, she was also the Provincial Assistant for Advancement. Grace holds master’s degrees in pastoral ministry, student affairs and higher education administration from Boston College and the University of Vermont and has completed Catholic leadership development programs at Boston College’s Lynch School and the University of Notre Dame. She has also served in leadership roles on a national level with the United States Jesuit Conference and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The Provincial, Fr. John Cecero, expressed delight in welcoming Grace as president, stating “Her love for the Society of Jesus and our mission in education is unequivocal.” Father Cecero expressed confidence that Grace’s “collaborative and inspirational leadership will ensure the Jesuit and Catholic identity of our cherished school for years to come.”
Our new president was selected as a result of an intensive search process which began approximately 18 months ago. The Search Committee worked with Isaacson Miller, Boston’s third largest search firm, which specializes in educational placements. John Isaacson, the Chair of the firm, noted that in his 44 years in the business, this search has been one of the most thorough and best managed that he has ever seen.
The Search Committee was made up of distinguished individuals including several current and retired business people, a former director of advancement at BC High, a faculty representative, a representative of the Trustee Associates and current and former board members. I was privileged to serve on this committee. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Search Committee Chairman John Ferraro and the other members of the Committee for their tireless work to reach a unanimous consensus on a wonderful candidate. Meeting every other week for approximately two hours, the group eventually whittled the field down from an original pool of over 400 potential candidates to five finalists who were presented to the Board of Trustees. Regan is unanimously supported by the Board and we are delighted to have her lead our school.
Although Grace knows many members of BC High’s Alumni and Parent groups, her first priority will be to connect with as many other members of the community as possible. Grace especially looks forward to meeting with the faculty, staff and the students at the school. There will be a series of coffees and events scheduled this Fall to give all members of the BC High community an opportunity to meet their new President.
Fr. Brian Conley SJ
Chair of the Board of Trustees