September 12, 2017 — Boston College High School has announced the election of Grace Cotter Regan as the school’s next president. Regan comes from Saint Mary’s High School in Lynn, Massachusetts, where she used her formidable skills to grow and develop the urban Catholic school.
“We are delighted to welcome Grace Regan as the individual who will lead Boston College High School. We look forward to our work together as we advance the BC High mission and our relevance as a preeminent and flagship Jesuit school for boys in the country,” said Jesuit Father Brian Conley, chair of the board of trustees. “Grace’s leadership and background in education, advancement, enrollment, brand management and her understanding of and fidelity to the Society of Jesus and the Catholic school environment make her the ideal choice.”
“It is a pleasure to welcome Grace Regan as the next president of Boston College High School,” said Jesuit Father John Cecero, provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. “Her love for the Society of Jesus and our mission in education is unequivocal, and I am confident that her collaborative and inspirational leadership will ensure the Jesuit and Catholic identity of our cherished school for years to come.”
Regan was the unanimous recommendation of the eight-member search committee that was involved in a rigorous 18-month search process.
“I am humbled to have been selected for this leadership role and extremely honored to be leading a unique institution, which has been part of the community for more than 150 years and my life for the past 57 years. I was actually born on September 8, 1960, the morning my father began his vocation at BC High,” said Regan. “There is some synergy here and my lifelong formation with the Society of Jesus makes this role very special and a capstone to my vocation. I am blessed to know many of the BC High extended community including the alumni and parents, and look forward to working closely with the board, faculty and staff. It will be especially edifying to help shape the educational and vocational experience for the students at BC High.”
Regan has served as head of school at St. Mary’s since 2012 and was previously the provincial assistant and executive director of advancement for the New England Province of Jesuits. Regan served in leadership roles in advancement and alumni at Boston College and the College of the Holy Cross. Daughter of the late legendary BC High football coach Jim Cotter ’55, she 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. Regan has also served in leadership roles on a national level with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
Regan and her husband Bernie reside in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, with their sons Bartley (BC High Class of 2012) and Luke. The Cotter and Regan families share a deep BC High legacy. Regan’s father-in-law, the late James Regan, was a member of the class of 1934 and many family members are alumni of the school. [Sources: USA Northeast Province Jesuits, Boston College High School]