BC Creates Board of Regents to Support Leahy, Board of Trustees

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Boston College has formed a Board of Regents to provide guidance and support to University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and the Board of Trustees on strategic priorities and matters essential to the future of the University, according to a BC press release.

This announcement comes one week after BC announced that it will name the planned Institute for Integrated Science and Society after Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, BC ’82, and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller.

The 82-member board held its first meeting last week and will congregate each November, according to the release.

“Members will provide consultation to the Board of Trustees and the University’s senior leadership to strengthen and advance institutional priorities, serve on advisory committees that examine issues of primary importance to the University, and participate in periodic conference calls and off-campus experiences that enrich their learning and demonstrate the vibrancy of the Boston College community around the world,” according to the release.

Regents are expected to experience and model practices of reflection and discernment “that are hallmarks of student formation at Boston College,” Vice President for Development Beth McDermott said to University Communications, and to prioritize philanthropic support of the University’s current needs and significant longer-term commitments.

The Board of Regents is composed of alumni, current and former BC parents, and friends of the University, who are from both the U.S. and abroad, McDermott said.

BC originally formed a Board of Regents in 1960 to advise the University on the short- and long-term planning for new facilities and the methods of financing them. However, the University abolished it in 1968.

The Board includes two University Trustees: John F. Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company, and Christian W.E. Haub, the Co-CEO of the Tengelmann Group. Fish is the board’s inaugural chair.

“I am thrilled to join a group of accomplished alumni and BC parents from around the globe who have agreed to lend their wisdom and experience in service to Boston College,” Fish said to University Communications. “The Board of Regents will expand our scope of influence and input and will be a critical factor to Boston College achieving its strategic goals.”

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