The advancement of the School of Education at Boston College reached a new level in 1999, when Carolyn A. and Peter S. 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 in November 2000.
Carolyn and Peter Lynch, along with BC Trustee Tom Flatley, also funded the highly successful Urban Catholic Teachers Corps, which has trained more than 170 Catholic school teachers in the Boston area through a two-year program that includes practicum training and a graduate degree from the Lynch School.
In the spring of 2010, Carolyn and Peter Lynch furthered their generous commitment with a $10 million gift to launch the Lynch Leadership Academy for early- to mid- career principals from urban Catholic, district public, and charter public schools.
Carolyn and Peter were married for more than 46 years and have three daughters and six grandchildren. Their daughter Annie graduated from BC’s Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences in 2001.
The impact of the Lynch family's philanthropy is far reaching. Through their foundation, they were among the first major supporters of City Year, Teach for America, Americares, and Partners in Health. Locally, the Catholic Schools Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Campus School of Boston College, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Mass Mentoring, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peabody-Essex Museum are among many organizations that benefitted from their benevolence. Carolyn and Peter are among the leading benefactors in the history of Boston College.