After 10 years of leadership by Dean Andy Boynton, the Carroll School of Management has much to celebrate, including an impressive rise in reputation and influence reflected in national rankings. Now the Carroll School has revealed another milestone: a generous gift from Linda and John Powers ’73, P’10, ’10, ’18, that will endow the position of dean.
Boynton, a Carroll School graduate and BC parent himself, says the couple’s gift is both a great honor and a public endorsement of the school’s mission to deliver the highest caliber of management education, informed by the humanities and dedicated to service for others. “As dean, I keep that vision before me in everything I do,” Boynton says.
Deeming a rigorous ethical foundation imperative to the study of business, Boynton established Portico—a business ethics seminar required of all Carroll School freshmen—early in his tenure as dean. That commitment to the Jesuit mission is what sets the Carroll School apart from other elite business programs, says Powers, a managing director at Goldman Sachs & Company and a three-time BC parent.
“BC not only gave me an excellent education, but it instilled in me a strong set of core values that continue to guide me. Those ideals permeate the Carroll School and shape its graduates to the great benefit of the business world,” he says.
By establishing the John and Linda Powers Family Deanship Fund, he will help the Carroll School devote greater resources to faculty research and teaching as well as innovative programs that further enhance the student experience.
The couple says that the school’s impressive trajectory—including its rise to no. 4 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of undergraduate business programs—inspired them to make this investment in its future.
The dean’s role is complex, explains Judith Gordon, professor and chair of the Carroll School’s Management and Organization Department. In collaboration with faculty, a dean sets the vision and strategic direction for the school and then gathers the resources and provides the guidance to make it happen. Describing the position as equal parts academic leader, motivational coach, and funding advocate, Gordon says “Andy excels in each role, and his commitment to mentoring our students is extraordinary.”
Katherine Lemon, Accenture Professor and chair of the Marketing Department, adds: “Andy sees the faculty as entrepreneurs, creating intangible products—excellent teaching, cutting-edge research, and holistic student development.”
A dean can be a transformative leader, says John Powers, who has played a key role in the development of the Carroll School as a Trustee Associate and chair emeritus of the Wall Street Council.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Andy Boynton’s accomplishments at the Carroll School. His dynamism and energy, his extraordinary leadership, and his tireless hard work have taken the school to the very top echelon of business programs,” he says. “As an alumnus and a supporter, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”