The advance 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 perhaps the nation's most successful and best-known mutual fund manager. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Fidelity Group of Funds and vice-chairman of Fidelity Management Group.
Under his oversight, Fidelity's Magellan Fund became the largest equity fund in the world, growing from $200 million to more than $14 billion in just 13 years.
Mr. Lynch is a member of the University Board of Trustees and serves on its Investment and Endowment Committee. He is chair emeritus of the Boston College Wall Street Council and an honorary chair of the University's Ever to Excel campaign.
Mr. Lynch has received many honors, including the Mother Seton Award, the Interfaith Relations Award, and 14 honorary degrees, including from his alma mater in 1995. He was chairman of the Inner City Scholarship Fund of the Archdiocese of Boston and is president of the Catholic Schools Foundation.
Carolyn Lynch exhibits a commitment to youth and education in many ways, and plays a leadership role in a variety of settings.
She is president of the Lynch Foundation, which funds innovative programs in the areas of education, health care, religion, and arts and sciences.
A member of the boards of trustees at the University of Pennsylvania, Deerfield Academy, and the Lynch School's Campus School for disabled young students, she is also a member of the Ralph Lowell Society, Harvard University's Cell Biology Committee, and the education advisory committee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she remains active with her alma mater. In addition to serving as a trustee, she is also a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women.
Mrs. Lynch has received numerous honors for her leadership and service, and is a Lady of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor bestowed by the Pope on a lay Catholic.
Peter and Carolyn Lynch were married in 1968. They are the parents of three daughters.