Boston College High School’s Board of Trustees seeks an enthusiastic and visionary leader to serve as its next President. The next President will build on the School’s rich tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education and boldly lead BC High into the future.
Established in 1863 as a seven-year program combining the competencies of a college and a secondary school rooted in the sixteenth century teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, BC High and Boston College initially educated Irish immigrants during a period of racial and religious tension in the city of Boston. In 1927, Boston College and BC High were legally separated—operating with separate administrations and separate Boards of Trustees. Today BC High is a Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory day school for boys in grades seven through twelve, located on 40 acres in Boston, Massachusetts. BC High enrolled 1,576 students for the 2015-2016 school year. As a premier secondary school for young men in Boston, BC High sends 98% of its graduates on to college, and 93.3% of seniors are accepted to those colleges and universities classified by Barron’s as most competitive, highly competitive, or very competitive. Many of the area’s top religious, business, educational, legal, political and medical professionals studied at BC High including CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
BC High seeks a President who will articulate its vision, inspire its constituencies and align the resources of the School community. The Search Committee believes that the next President will need to be a mature, broad-gauge professional, with enormous ambition for the School, capable of engaging successfully with the following specific challenges: strengthen BC High’s Jesuit, Catholic identity and act as an advocate for Jesuit, Catholic education; lead stakeholders in a conversation about how BC High’s mission and identity inform a strategy that positions the School for a strong and prosperous future in the face of increasing competition and decreasing applications and being able to execute that strategy in a manner that enrolls stakeholders; enhance BC High’s commitment to diversity and access; understand BC High and its competitive set; establish a vision for the next phase of BC High success; develop the BC high brand and marketing strategy; cultivate stakeholders and secure the resources necessary for long-term-success; expand the global education and future of education models; recruit, retain, and develop a distinguished and engaged faculty and staff; sustain an active presence in student life; and steward relationships with the Boston and BC High communities.
The Board of Trustees seeks candidates with most or all of the following eight essential leadership abilities: live BC High’s Jesuit, Catholic vision, mission, and values; model servant leadership, integrity humility and openness to growth; usher in and cultivate a deep and abiding ambition for BC High; communicate clearly, make decisions strategically and execute decisively; develop broad, deep, and diverse talent; demonstrate deep academic leadership experience; cultivate stakeholder relationships and philanthropy; and demonstrate strong financial management skills.
Sheryl Ash and John Isaacson are leading the search with Greg Esposito.