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Lockerby, Folan Bidding BC Goodbye


By Sean Smith | Chronicle Editor

Published: Mar. 27, 2014

...and Folan Leaves with Waldron Award

First Year Experience Assistant Director Peter Folan has earned a distinctive honor in his last semester as a Boston College administrator.

Folan, who will become president and head of school of Catholic Memorial in July [see separate story], has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Mary Kaye Waldron Award. The award is presented annually to the faculty member, administrator, or employee who demonstrated a continual commitment to the ideals of Boston College with a self-evident belief in the need to enhance student life in a positive manner.

Past Waldron Award winners include Adj. Assoc. Prof. Brian Braman (Philosophy), former Dean of Student Development Robert Sherwood (now special advisor to the associate vice president for alumni relations), Campus Minister Daniel Leahy, Lect. Edward Taylor (CSOM), Assoc. Prof. Father James Weiss (Theology) and, in 2013, Woods College of Advancing Studies Student Services Coordinator Mary Hennessey.

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Two key Boston College administrators are departing to take leadership positions at eminent Massachusetts private schools.

Thom Lockerby is leaving the University after 10 years as vice president for development to join Phillips Academy in Andover effective June 1. In his role as secretary of the Academy, he will oversee the Office of Academy Resources, which comprises development, alumni engagement and communications.

Lockerby was instrumental in planning BC’s ongoing $1.5 billion “Light the World” campaign, the largest fundraising effort in Jesuit, Catholic higher education history. In addition to managing strategy for all University fundraising efforts, he has directed the Development division, focusing on organizational effectiveness, resource management and professional development of his team.

 “While I am very excited about the new horizons at Andover, I will miss my colleagues at Boston College,” said Lockerby, who expressed gratitude to University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Senior Vice President for University Advancement James Husson. “In the past 10 years, I have been introduced to the treasure of Jesuit education and have been the recipient of many acts of friendship and kindness.  I appreciate the opportunities that Fr. Leahy and Jim Husson have given me and I wish the very best for BC as it continues its amazing path forward.”

Peter Folan ’97, assistant director of the University’s First Year Experience program, will become the fourth president and 11th head of school at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, a Christian Brothers school for boys in grades 7-12.

Folan, who also holds a master’s of education degree from the Lynch School of Education, was a popular figure in the University community in particular for his leadership of the 48 Hours retreat program, among others. In addition, he taught a course on gender as part of the University’s Cross Currents Seminar program.

He also worked in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Academic Advising Center and the Office of the Dean of Students during his six years at BC.

“I am thrilled and humbled about this new opportunity at Catholic Memorial,” said Folan, who will formally begin his new duties on July 1. “I know that this would not have been possible without the great mentors and conversation partners that I have had here at Boston College. I truly appreciate the support that BC has provided to me over the past six years. I will never forget the students who have shared their hearts with me, as they have made me a better teacher, administrator, husband, and father.

“BC has taught me that one can only truly experience and embrace their education by sharing it with others, which is what I plan to do at Catholic Memorial.”