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Folan’s Departure Marks Loss for FYE

Peter Folan, BC ’97, was tapped by Catholic Memorial School last week to serve as its fourth president. For the past six years, Folan has served as the assistant director of program management in the Office of First Year Experience (FYE), having worked in education since he graduated from Boston College with a master’s degree in education in 1999. Catholic Memorial is a Christian Brothers school in Boston that educates boys in grades seven through 12.

During his time at BC, Folan has been instrumental in the development of 48Hours, a freshman retreat offered by FYE. In that capacity, he has worked especially with seniors, preparing them to be leaders of the retreat. He has also contributed significantly to FYE, even beyond his work with 48Hours, through the mentoring he offers freshmen. Outside of that office, he has co-taught a course on gender as a part of the University’s Cross Currents Seminar program.

While Folan’s departure marks a loss for FYE and the University, it is also a prestigious opportunity for which Folan deserves recognition. It speaks very highly of both Folan and the University that he was selected to serve as Catholic Memorial’s president. BC should ensure that his successor in FYE is equally capable.


February 24, 2014