The Ignatian Circle
leadership giving in action
Beginning with this issue, Light the World will regularly profile alumni, parents, and friends who have made Ignatian Circle commitments to the campaign.
Michael Millette, MS'94, P'15, got more than he expected from his experience at the Carroll School of Management. While well trained for the demands of his master's in finance studies, he didn't expect to develop a devotion to Boston College that would inspire his family for decades to come.
"There was a true sense of community, and the classes were exceptional," says Millette. "BC exceeded my expectations in every way. I expected to acquire technical training and a graduate degree and ended up developing a very personal connection with the institution."
He credits Professors Hassan Tehranian and Robert Taggart, among others, for helping to shape his business acumen—as well as adjunct faculty member Declan Mullarkey, who ultimately became a colleague at John Hancock Financial Services.
Now a partner at Goldman Sachs in New York, Millette, along with his wife, Joy, has contributed to BC's burgeoning presence in the region. The couple annually supports the Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner and, as a council member, Millette has coordinated several recruiting initiatives for current University students, as well as networking activities for BC alumni.
Impressed by the quality of BC undergraduates, the Millettes furthered their connection by providing athletic scholarship assistance and contributing to the BC Fund Scholars Program, which furnishes financial aid to students who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend the University.
"Boston College has an outstanding liberal arts program," says Joy Millette. "It's not something many other universities emphasize right now—and it's sorely needed."
When their oldest son, Henry '15, arrived at the Heights, they felt compelled to do even more—becoming Parents' Leadership Council members and stretching their gifts to join BC's Ignatian Circle. The couple established the Millette Family Fund, which will support the University's top priorities.
In recognition of their philanthropy, the Millette name will adorn a classroom in Stokes Hall—the University's new center for the humanities and student formation programming, opening this fall.
"One of the nice things about Boston College is that there are so many compelling ways to give," says Millette, "and so many great ways to participate along the way."