BPL Foundation VP assumes post
By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs
Boston College and the Boston College Alumni Association have announced the appointment of Grace Cotter Regan, the vice president of the Boston Public Library Foundation, as executive director of the Boston College Alumni Association.
Regan, 39, of West Roxbury, will take over in March as leader of the 125,000-member association, the largest Catholic alumni association in the world.
A 1982 graduate of Boston College, Regan brings
to the position more than 15 years of experience in alumni and development
work. She has held senior positions in these fields at the College of the
Holy Cross, Simmons College, Mt. Alvernia Academy and Notre Dame Academy
"Grace Regan is a person of high energy and wonderful creativity who understands the culture and traditions of Boston College," said University President William P Leahy, SJ. "She also appreciates the importance of our alumni to Boston College and to their communities. She looks forward to continuing the best of our alumni traditions, while adding new dimensions to our outreach efforts."
Added Dr. Edward J OíBrien, Jr., president of the Alumni Association: "Grace Regan is a dynamic individual who will relate to both established alumni traditions and programs, and with BCís younger alumni who are the future of the organization. We welcome her experience and enthusiasm, and look forward to working with her to make the BC Alumni Association the finest in the world."
Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong, said: "We are delighted to have Grace Regan join us as executive director of the BC Alumni Association. We feel that her experience in the field and her infectious enthusiasm for Boston College will encourage more people to get involved in our alumni activities and programs."
Grace Cotter Reagan
Regan will oversee BCís extensive class reunion program, as well as its alumni clubs in 37 states and Washington, DC. She will also direct the implementation of the Alumni Associationís interactive World Wide Web presence, which will provide alumni throughout the world with increased access to the University and its resources.
"I look forward to the challenge of directing the Boston College Alumni Association at this important time in its history," said Regan. "My goal is to use BCís outstanding technological network to enhance existing alumni programs, and to create new opportunities to meet the social, professional and spiritual needs of all of our alumni.
"Boston College provided me with a wonderful educational foundation," she said. "I thank Boston College and the Alumni Association for offering me this extraordinary opportunity."
Regan, the mother of two and wife of Bernard Regan, í82, holds a masterís degree in student affairs and higher education from the University of Vermont. She serves on the Mayorís Commission for Cultural Affairs in Boston, and is active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and the New England Association of Catholic Development Officers.
While a student at Boston College, Regan served as an RA and was involved in BCís PULSE Program and the Appalachian Volunteers Program. After graduating, she volunteered for a year in Belize, Central America, through the Boston College Jesuit International Volunteer Program.
As vice president of the Boston Public Library Foundation, Regan coordinated efforts to support the revitalization of the Boston Public Library. She also oversaw collaborative programs with the Boston Public Schools and Boston cultural institutions.
Regan succeeds Kathleen OíToole, who resigned in 1999 to pursue a career in public relations with GPC/OíNeill & Associates Inc.
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