Schaeffer Resigns from Board of Trustees after Public Criticism over Sex Abuse Scandal
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J. has stepped down from his post on the Boston College Board of Trustees today, following public criticism of the role he played in supervising a former Jesuit priest who allegedly molested dozens of young boys over 40 years.
The Globe reported on Sunday that Schaeffer failed to do all he could to stop Donald J. McGuire from sexually abusing boys while Schaeffer was his supervisor as the leader of the Jesuit province in Chicago in the early ’90s. Despite several complaints about McGuire’s behavior, Schaeffer allowed McGuire to continue his ministry.
Today, following a review of Schaeffer’s conduct by the executive committee of the BOT, Schaeffer delivered a brief letter to board chair, Kathleen McGillycuddy, announcing he would step down.
“As all in our community know, Boston College is a wonderful, caring institution of higher education,” wrote Schaeffer, who was planning to retire from the BOT in June. “I do not want to harm it or be a distraction. Therefore, I am ending my service as a trustee today.”
Schaeffer, 62, has expressed “deep regret” for failing to stop McGuire, who is now in prison after state and federal convictions for child sexual abuse.
He had been on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2004.