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BC High names new president

Felipe Montoya '18, Opinions Editor

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“God is good,” said Grace Cotter Regan.

“All the time,” replied the entire BC High community.

And with that, BC High’s first woman president offered the Call to Worship at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 8, 2017.

On August 24, Boston College High School announced Grace Cotter Regan as its first female president. After former BC High president William Kemeza announced his decision to retire, the Board of Trustees began its long, thorough process that lasted for eighteen months.

The search committee worked with Isaacson Miller—a prominent search firm in Boston—to acquire a new interim. The search process lasted longer than expectations, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees Fr. Brian Conley SJ claimed that “this search has been one of the most thorough and best managed” that Chairman of the search firm John Isaacson has ever seen.

Ultimately, it was Grace Cotter Regan who the board thought was best fit to fill the position as president of BC High. The Regan family has strong ties to the school.      

Her father, the late Jim Cotter ’55, was a student at BC High and a football coach for 20 years, and her son, Bartley Cotter, was the Super Bowl quarterback for the school and graduated in 2012.

Additionally, her father-in-law, the late James Regan, was a member of the class of 1934. With all of the aforementioned family members, it is safe to say that Grace Cotter Regan is familiar with the school.

Before being elected as the new president, Grace Cotter Regan was the Head of St. Mary’s of Lynn for five years. Previous to that role she was the Executive Director of Advancement for the New England Province of Jesuits. Regan was elected for her commitment to Jesuit education and her “educational experience grounded in Jesuit and Catholic tradition,” says Fr. Brian Conley SJ.

Additionally, in Fr. Brian Conley’s SJ letter announcing Grace as the committee’s selection, he quoted the provincial of the USA Northeast Province for the Society of Jesus, Fr. John Cecero, who expressed his welcome, saying “Her love for the Society of Jesus and our mission in education is unequivocal” and her “collaborative and inspirational leadership will ensure the Jesuit and Catholic identity” at BC High.

The school is in safe hands with President Regan, seeing her strong conviction in the value of a Catholic education.

As the new president, Regan hopes to ensure that the school grows in diversity and preserves—and even further develops—its Jesuit identity.   

Given Regan’s BC High legacy and her vast experience with Jesuit education, BC High can remain a location of scholarship and a center of Catholic education.

As a member of the student body, we welcome you, Grace Cotter Regan, as the school’s president.

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