Principal Search

Boston College High School Principal Stephen Hughes To Retire at End of 2018-2019 Academic Year

Boston, Mass., November 7, 2018Boston College High School (BC High) today announced that principal Stephen Hughes will be retiring as principal at the end of the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Mr. Hughes, a 1973 graduate of BC High, has spent more than four decades at the school as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator.
“Our culture is fostered and nurtured by dedicated servants like Steve, who live their faith and pursue a more fair and just world by impressing upon our students the values of the Jesuit tradition and the education of the whole person,” said BC High President Grace Regan. “Steve has challenged and inspired almost every young man who has walked through our doors over the last 40 years, teaching each one the importance of becoming a man of integrity, educated in faith and for justice, and dedicated to academic excellence and service to others,”
Devout in his faith and committed to our mission, Steve is the very definition of ‘a man for others.’ His efforts to help our students achieve their full potential will undoubtedly be remembered for generations to come.”
“I am humbled to have had the opportunity to serve this school that means so much to me,” said Hughes. “Although I am stepping down as principal at the end of the school year, I will carry with me the many kindnesses extended to me by the students, faculty, staff, administration, parents, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees. They not only have made this journey possible, but they have made it a blessing. I am in their debt.”
Mr. Hughes has been a member of the BC High community for almost his entire life, having graduated from BC High in 1973. The Savin Hill native went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1978 before returning to Morrissey Boulevard later that same year to begin his professional career as a social studies teacher and football coach.
For the next 25 years, Mr. Hughes was a fixture in the classroom and on the athletic fields. During this time, he served the school and its students in various capacities, including chair of the social studies department, assistant football coach to the great Jim Cotter, athletic director, and vice principal of student affairs. In 2002, Mr. Hughes was appointed principal of BC High. Over the next 15 years, he and longtime friend, colleague, and former BC High President Bill Kemeza, helped raise BC High’s academic standards, transform the campus, and create and maintain a culture of integrity.
Mr. Hughes is also responsible for founding the Madden Scholars Program, a mentorship program that he established in 2001. The program provides select students with personal and academic support. Over the last 17 years, the program has served close to 40 students each year, and has improved retention rates for our city students.
True to his character and indicative of his love for BC High, Mr. Hughes will support the school’s search for his successor. That process will begin immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 items.

  • Who will select the next Principal?

    Members of the community of BC High will have an opportunity to attend public forums to discuss the search process and the selection of the next Principal. Search Committee Chair, President Regan P’12, has selected members of the community to serve on a Principal Search Committee that will develop a position description, interview candidates and guide President Regan throughout this important endeavor. Members of the search committee represent a diverse range of experiences and points of view and all bring a strong commitment to and involvement in the school. In addition, a Search Advisory Committee will be developed to ensure full collaboration of the BC High community. With the approval of BC High's Board of Trustees, President Regan P'12, Chair of the Principal Search Committee, will name the next Principal for school.
  • Who will facilitate the search process?

    BC High has engaged the services of Advancement Incite as its partner in the search. Mary Gene Clavin, Laura Oaksmith, and Justine Hoffman will work together to steer the search process and to recruit candidates. Mary Gene and Laura have extensive executive search experience and are advised by Justine Hoffman, a former Head of School. Advancement Incite has worked with BC High on several searches and understand our culture, core values, and school community.

    You can read more about them here.
  • What is the role of the Principal Search Committee, Search Advisory Committee, and Search Consultants?

    As a first step, the Search Consultants will conduct an assessment of the principal opportunity and gather input from members of the community. During the assessment phase, our search consultants will identify specific opportunities, challenges, and the desired profile for the next Principal. Public forums conducted by Advancement Incite will be held for faculty, staff, parents, and students. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and learn more about the search process. Search Consultants with Advancement Incite will begin recruitment of candidates immediately, while concurrently developing a position description and marketing plan. Candidates will submit resumes, cover letters, and statements of educational philosophy prior to live interviews with Search Consultants.

    Members of the Principal Search Committee will review candidate files and interview those who meet the qualifications. Information about candidates will be shared with the Search Advisory Committee throughout the search process. Finalists will visit BC High’s campus. As part of the candidate evaluation, President Regan P’12 will draw upon the advice from the Principal Search Committee and Search Advisory Committee to ensure an inclusive and collaborative process. After considering input from all constituents who meet with finalists, President Regan P’12 will make her decision to hire.
  • How will the candidate pool be developed?

    President Regan P’12, members of the Principal Search Committee and Search Advisory Committee will collaborate to develop clear qualifications and attributes required of the next Principal of BC High. Input will be collected from senior leaders at BC High and others at the direction of the President.

    The Principal Search Committee will evaluate candidates once they have been vetted by Search Consultants from Advancement Incite. Committee interviews will be designed to probe the experience of candidates with a combination of structured inquiry and follow-up questions. Topics will include but are not limited to, Ignatian Spirit and the Jesuit mission, academic leadership, management, educational philosophy, equity and inclusion work, hiring practices, finances, and school culture. Based on the outcomes of interviews, the Committee will make recommendations for candidates to advance in the search process. Finalist candidates will be invited to campus to experience BC High, for further discussion and potential courtesy introductions. An offer will be extended to the leading candidate once reference checks have been completed and are satisfactory.

    The Principal search will be announced to national and international colleagues and is expected to draw extensive interest.
  • What is the timeline?

    Our Search Consultants and members of the Principal Search Committee will be soliciting and screening candidates throughout the coming months and into the new year, 2019. We expect to be hosting finalist visits to our campus either late in the Winter or early Spring, followed with an announcement about the appointment of our Principal. Provided the search is executed as planned, the Principal of BC High will assume responsibility on July 1, 2019.
  • Will the search impact my child’s experience?

    Steve Hughes ‘73 will remain Principal of BC High until June 30, 2019. President Regan P’12 and members of the Board of Trustees are committed to ensuring that each child has a fulfilling academic and student experience throughout the year.
  • Sharing Information

    Confidentiality is critical until the hiring of a candidate is announced to the BC High community. Most candidates who participate in this search will be gainfully employed. To protect the employment of candidates, the integrity of the search and the reputation of BC High, information about the search will not be shared beyond members of the Principal Search Committee and Principal Search Advisory Committee. If you have questions or concerns, please forward them to Mary Gene Clavin at mgclavin@advancementincite.com.
  • Important Dates

    November 27
    • 7:30 a.m.
      Faculty/Staff Search Kickoff Meeting (Option 1)
      Murphy Alumni Room
    • 10:45 a.m.
      Arrupe Students Search Advisory Meeting
      Driscoll Conference Room
    • 2:45 p.m.
      Faculty/Staff Search Kickoff Meeting (Option 2)
      Murphy Alumni Room
    • 6:30 p.m.
      Parent Search Kickoff Meeting (Option 1)
      Murphy Alumni Room
    November 29
    • 7:45 a.m.
      Parent Search Kickoff Meeting (Option 2)
      Murphy Alumni Room
    November 30
    • 7:30 a.m.
      Kitchen Cabinet Student Meeting
    December 11
    • 4:00 p.m.
      Search Advisory Committee Meeting
      Driscoll Conference Room
    December 28
    • Principal Application Deadline
    January 8
    • 4:00 p.m.
      Principal Search Committee Meeting
      Driscoll Conference Room
    January 9
    • Principal Search Committee Meeting Conference Call

Principal Search Committee

Grace Cotter Regan P’12
Search Committee Chair, President, BC High
Timothy Dee ’04
Academic Dean, Teacher, Fairfield Prep
Mary Grassa O’Neill
Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director of the School Leadership Program at Harvard University
Gadisa Goso
Dean of Students, Arrupe Division, BC High
Patty Lee P’23
Chaplain, Boston Medical Center
Rev. Pat Nolan SJ
Campus Ministry, Religious Education, BC High
Jack Travers P’09
Social Studies Faculty, BC High
Kelly Mason Verrochi P’15
Chair of the Board of Trustees, President, THRIVE for Schools
Elise Wilson
Social Studies Faculty, BC High
President of the Boston College High School Teachers’ Association
Grace Cotter Regan P’12
Search Committee Chair, President, BC High
Shawn Ahern
Director of Guidance, BC High
Amanda P. Adamczyk P’21
Director of Service and Justice Initiatives,
BC High
Hollis J. Brooks
Vice Principal of Student Affairs, BC High
Owen Concannon ‘19
Student, BC High
Stephen J. Connolly, Esq. '87, P'24
Counsel, ATS Equipment
James Croghan SJ
Jesuit Superior, BC High
Kinh-Kha (Kenny) Dao ‘20
Student, BC High
Martin J. Dunn DMD '53
Trustee, BC High
Ruth Evee P’18, P’22
Director of Equity and Inclusion, BC High
Marianne Fitzpatrick P’23, P’23
Acacia Marketing Group
Ronald A. Fletcher '87
English Faculty, BC High
Noreen Regan Landers P’11, P’13
Mathematics Faculty, Arrupe Division, BC High
Jennifer L. McLarnon P’19, P’21
Director of Technology, BC High
Jamie Moody P’19
Assistant Principal, Boston Public Schools
Rocco Patel ‘19
Student, BC High
Timothy F. Westfield '02
Mathematics Faculty, BC High

Position Description

Please send all inquiries to Search Consultant Mary Gene Clavin at mgclavin@advancementincite.com


Interested candidates may submit a current resume, cover letter and statement of educational philosophy to our Search Consultant Mary Gene Clavin of Advancement Incite, at mgclavin@advancementincite.com

The application deadline is December 28, 2018

General inquiries may be sent to principalsearch@bchigh.edu.