Soaring Higher, Together


This fall, we celebrated a momentous occasion as we marked the launch of Soaring Higher: the Campaign for Boston College just before Family Weekend. The campaign opening celebration at Bapst Library paid homage to the history of philanthropy at BC with a glance toward the University’s limitless future, which will be inspired by the visionary benefactors who carry on a 160-year tradition of support for the University. 

This tenth issue of Beacon offers a deeper exploration of who and what animates Soaring Higher. We look back at those benefactors who have come before, including a photo from the University’s first official fundraising campaign launched 102 years ago. You will learn more about the three pillars upon which Soaring Higher stands: financial aid, academics, and student life. You will also hear from the BC champions at the helm of this effort, including our campaign co-chair couples, Cyndy and John F. Fish; Brigid Doherty ’96 and Rene Jones ’86, P’25; Patti and Jonathan A. Kraft, P’24; Kim Gassett-Schiller and Philip Schiller ’82; and Marianne D. Short NC’73, JD’76, and Raymond Skowyra Jr., P’05.

It’s clear these Eagles have a deep affection for Boston College, and I am thrilled they are sharing their enthusiasm and motivations for leading this effort within the pages of our magazine.

Soaring Higher offers us an opportunity to reflect on our priorities as an institution and to make advancements that will strengthen the University for generations to come. I am confident that, with the support of committed friends like you, Boston College can realize its ambitious vision for the campaign.

Finally, I am grateful to you and the entire BC community for your warm welcome to the Heights. Since starting my role in March, I have been inspired by so many remarkable individuals—students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends—who contribute to the University’s success. Thank you for everything you do to make Boston College such a special place.


Andrew K. Davidson
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
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