The dedication ceremony at Campion Hall and a symposium held earlier in Robsham Theater - with a keynote speech by US Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) - commemorated the Lynches' gift of more than $10 million to Boston College last year.
"This is a grand occasion to say how grateful we are for [the Lynches'] magnificent generosity" in support of the School of Education, said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "We are a community involved in this work of education. We are all striving to do our part to make our society an even better place."
Fr. Leahy termed the Lynches' gift to the school one that will have "a lasting and profound impact on us and on American education."
Introducing the symposium, "Educational Excellence and Equity through Partnerships," Kennedy said Boston College has made "a commitment to education in America and in the world.
"Today is important not only for BC, but also for our nation," he said. "Peter and Carolyn Lynch have the understanding that the greatest equalizer for all Americans is getting a quality education."
Lynch, one of the world's most successful and well-known financial investment managers, said that the school stands "not just as a structure, but as a community of wonderful faculty and students." He said the goal of the school will remain "providing our most important asset, our children, with a positive start in life."
Peter and Carolyn Lynch and US Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) admire a painting of Kennedy's late brother, Joseph, in Campion Hall prior to the Nov. 2 ceremony dedicating the Lynch School of Education. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
Added Carolyn Lynch, "There is nothing more important or more noble than to be a teacher." The daughter of a career educator, she serves as president of the Lynch Foundation, which funds innovative educational programs, and on the board of the Boston College Campus School.
Fr. Leahy presented the Lynches with a replica of a plaque that has been placed near the school's central administration office, citing the couple as "devoted friends of Catholic schools and compassionate advocates of learning."
LSOE Dean Mary Brabeck said that the Lynches "are two people who give generously not only of their financial resources, but of themselves," to the education of the nation's children.
Boston Superintendent of Schools Thomas W. Payzant moderated the panel, which included Ernesto J. Cortes Jr., southwest regional director of Industrial Areas Foundation, a community action organization; Henry Levin, the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Columbia University; and Nellie Mae Foundation President and CEO Blenda Wilson, Ph.D.'79.
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