A Year of Transition for College Bound

A Year of Transition for College Bound

Successful LSOE program is searching for a new director

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

After 14 successful and often inspiring years, Prof. George Ladd (LSOE) has passed the leadership of the University's College Bound program to a new director, confident that the innovative college preparation program will continue to enhance the lives of young people in the City of Boston.

Former College Bound director Prof. George Ladd (LSOE), left, with Lynch School of Education Associate Dean John Cawthorne. "George has given us something to live up to," says Cawthorne, who is serving as the program's interim director. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)
"It was starting to become too much of 'my program,'" explained Ladd, who has been an LSOE faculty member since 1969. "It needed an entirely fresh look, and in order to accomplish that I felt it was time to turn over the reins to someone else."

LSOE Associate Dean for Students and Outreach John Cawthorne is serving as College Bound's interim director until a permanent replacement is appointed, likely later this year.

College Bound is a collaborative effort between Boston College and the city's Brighton and West Roxbury high schools. An intensive four-year program that provides academic enrichment, social enhancement and guidance support from volunteer tutors, mentors, advisors and staff in the BC community, College Bound has graduated 142 formerly at-risk high school students during Ladd's tenure - each of whom has been accepted into an institution of higher learning.

These College Bound alumni have won nearly $16 million in college scholarship grants, and more than 85 per cent of them have graduated in four years from BC and other institutions such as Boston University and Georgetown University, going on to careers in education, medicine, business and social services.

"I have always been impressed with the College Bound program," said Cawthorne, "and with the young people that it produced. I have had several of them in my classes here at BC, and they are remarkable young people. They have a good sense of who they are. They belong here both socially and intellectually.

"They are kids who have achieved," Cawthorne said. "College Bound has tied together the whole idea of scholarship and leadership, in school, at home and in the community."

The genesis of the program goes back to the mid-1970s, when Ladd was asked by then-University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, and Lester Przewlocki, the LSOE dean at the time, to serve as Boston College's liaison to the Boston Public Schools during the city's busing turmoil. Later, Ladd recalled, Fr. Monan suggested establishing a specific program with the schools, and College Bound was the result.

"College Bound has always been about the kids," Ladd said. "When I think about College Bound I always think about the number of students who have graduated and the millions of dollars in scholarships that they have won."

Ladd said he will not only "miss the kids" but the "give-and-take" on behalf of College Bound across BC.

"[I think] about all of those members of the University community who were a part of the program," he said. "Everyone from the Facilities Management people to the Bookstore and Dining Services staffs, the AHANA and Learning To Learn staffs, people from the library and admissions offices, athletics and the RecPlex staff, all of the student volunteers over the years. Everyone has pitched in.

"That's what Boston College is all about."

Cawthorne, who along with Ladd wants to see the program continue under the auspices of the Lynch School, said, "George has given us something to live up to. One of our goals will continue to be how to tell the College Bound story widely, and using it to let other colleges and universities figure out how they can become involved in their own communities."


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