The advancement of the School of Education at Boston College reached a new level in 1999, when Carolyn and Peter Lynch announced a gift of more than $10 million to the University.
In honor of that gift, at the time the largest ever to the University, the School of Education was named in their honor in official ceremonies, November 2000.
In the spring of 2010 Carolyn and Peter Lynch furthered their generous commitment to the Lynch School with a $20 million gift to launch a new Leadership Academy for early- to mid- career principals from urban Catholic, district public, and charter public schools. To learn more about the Lynch Leadership Academy please click here.
Peter Lynch, '65, is treasurer of the Lynch Foundation and vice chairman of Fidelity Management & Research Company. Mr. Lynch was the portfolio manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund.
During his tenure, the Fidelity Magellan Fund was the top-ranked general equity fund in the nation. Mr. Lynch is the author of two bestselling books, One Up on Wall Street and Beating the Street, and co-author of Learn to Earn. His books have been translated into 17 languages. Mr. Lynch has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is also the recipient of many national and local civic awards.
Mr. Lynch was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991, and, in 2009, he was inducted into the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. He is a Knight of Malta and was awarded the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He has received honorary degrees from 15 colleges and universities, including one from Boston College in 1995.
For the last 24 years, he has served as chairman of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, raising over $150 million in partial scholarships for children of all faiths and backgrounds living in Greater Boston and attending inner-city Catholic schools. Mr. Lynch served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Carolyn Lynch is president and CEO of the Lynch Foundation.
Mrs. Lynch works with numerous groups both in a funding capacity and an advisory role. She is an advocate of charities that have innovative perspectives and propose fresh solutions. Committed to hands-on research, she works to identify organizations that have discovered new answers to problems, especially those that have the potential to grow and be replicated.
Mrs. Lynch is a Dame of Malta and was awarded the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest papal honor awarded by the Roman Catholic Church to a layperson. She is a trustee emerita of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Mrs. Lynch has received four honorary degrees, including one from Boston College in 2009. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Lynch is a tournament bridge player, and she has won three world championships, earning the title of Grand Life Master in 2012.
Carolyn and Peter have been married 46 years and have three daughters and six grandchildren. Both Carolyn and Peter believe that philanthropy is an integral part of family life and have raised their children to understand that compassion for others and engagements in good work are essential to an enjoyable life. In 1988, they founded the Lynch Foundation. Since inception, the Lynch Foundation and the Lynch family have awarded over $150 million in grants. Carolyn and Peter are ranked among the top five donors in the history of Boston College. Their daughter Annie graduated from BC’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2001.