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Lynch Leadership Taps Thaly Germain as Director

Lynch Leadership Academy Director Thaly Germain

(CHESTNUT HILL, MA—5/8/12) The Lynch Leadership Academy (LLA) is at the end of its inaugural year, and welcomes a new cohort of urban public, Catholic, and charter school leaders.

LLA fellows are challenged to develop a school growth project at the beginning of the Academy and spend the year planning and implementing the project. On April 25th the Lynch Leadership Academy held a  day-long meeting offering a chance for fellows of the first cohort to reflect on successes and challenges of the past year, and to plan next steps. The first cohort also took time to share advice and thoughts on the importance of urban education with the new class.

The meeting was concluded with a dinner reception where Lynch School of Education Interim Dean Maureen Kenny, Carroll School of Management Dean Andy Boynton, and Director of Urban Initiatives Catherine Wong introduced the new Lynch Leadership Academy Director, Thaly Germain.

Germain, who officially begins her position as the LLA Director in June, comes to Boston College from New Leaders, a national nonprofit organization that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.  Beyond her work as an Executive Director at New Leaders, she has served as a school leader and educator in both district and charter schools and has been an adjunct professor in New York City.

In her remarks, Germain reflected on the role family, urban education, and her school principals played in giving her the best opportunities in life, growing up as a Haitian immigrant in New York City, and how these shaped her vision for this work.  She shared her story and the stories of students whose life trajectories are fundamentally changed as a result of effective school leadership - the basis for her hopes, aspirations, and vision for the years ahead.

“I firmly believe that the most important factor for ensuring student achievement is in strengthening the school leader. I am honored to lend my vision, passion, innovation and expertise in urban education and leadership to head this exciting new initiative,” she said of her new role. “I'm thrilled about the opportunity to engage leaders from the charter, district and Catholic sectors, and to help them foster an environment for the next generation of leaders to create a more just world where all students and families have equal access and are agents of change." 

Carolyn Lynch, President and Chairman of the Lynch Foundation, delivered a keynote address, highlighting the importance of strong k-12 education, and sharing her own personal experiences of growing up as the daughter of a middle school principal and teacher.

“We’re excited to welcome Thaly Germain. I look forward to collaborating with the LLA to shape motivated school principals into even more effective leaders who spearhead shaping innovative learning environments in their schools and districts,” said Carroll School of Management Dean Andy Boynton.

Established in 2010 through a generous gift from the Lynch Foundation, the Lynch Leadership Academy (LLA) is an equal partnership between the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Carroll School of Management, that seeks to establish a national model for strengthening leadership among early- to mid- career school leaders across Catholic, charter, and district urban schools.  The Academy is an innovative program that will inspire, challenge, and train urban leaders across sectors to effectively direct dynamic school change with significant impacts. The goal is to build leadership capacity for effecting high student achievement and new hope for children and families who depend upon the vitality and excellence of urban schools.