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Jack Shields '79, P'06 Center for Innovation

About the Center

The Shields Center for Innovation aims to prioritize entrepreneurial thinking while preparing for the rapidly evolving innovation economy. It is designed to elevate learning opportunities and incubate thinking and risk tolerance. Additionally, the Shields Center will create new connections to resources in Boston’s thriving economic ecosystem and around the world, the result of BC High’s urban and global reach.

Pillars of the Center

  • Curriculum

    Encourage students to grow into agile thinkers and resilient contributors who are courageous, reflective, and committed to addressing society’s most pressing issues.


  • Student and Alumni Programming

    Welcome influential guest speakers, hack-a-thons, pitch competitions ad entrepreneurship tournaments with other schools, along with opportunities for students and alumni to develop and grow personal and professional connections.

  • Experiential Learning

    Offers hands-on experience in computer science, robotics, and media, and is accessible to all students, faculty staff, and alumni.

Our Events

The Shields Center is excited to host a number of events for the community that welcome some of the greatest innovators in our City and around the world!

Shields Center Events

Meet Jack Shields

Jack Shields is Founder and Chairman of Shields Health Solutions, one of the fastest growing private companies in America. Before starting the company in 2012, Jack was President of Shields MRI for 20 years. Under Jack’s leadership, Shields MRI formed more than 30 hospital partnerships with health care systems throughout the North East, growing the company into the largest outpatient imaging provider in New England, and making it nationally recognized as one of the preeminent companies in the radiology industry.

Over his 30 years as a national leader in healthcare entrepreneurship, Jack has overseen the creation of four highly successful companies in the fields of dialysis, oncology, radiology and pharmacy. Each company was founded with care and service at its core, providing more affordable healthcare and better access to healthcare for more kinds of people.

In 2015, Jack was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work starting Shields Health Solutions. Jack was also selected from dozens of entrepreneurs as a national spokesperson for Verizon, appearing in television campaigns speaking on the importance of technology and innovation in healthcare. As part of Jack’s work branding Shields MRI he created partnerships with all of the new England sports teams including the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, more recently working on direct-to-consumer ad campaign with Tom Brady as spokesperson for Shields MRI.

Jack currently serves as Founder and Co-Chairman of Shields Capital, venture capital firm focused on innovation in the health care sector. He is also on the advisory board of Riverside Partners, a healthcare private equity firm, and on the board of Allied Dental.

His civic responsibilities have included co-founding the Brockton Boys and Girls Club, being a candidate for U.S. Congress in 1992, and serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Boston College High School.
Jack earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he played middle linebacker on the 1981 Sugar Bowl team. He holds a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law.