Ladd hands on the College Bound program
14 years, education professor George Ladd has stepped down as the
director of BC’s College Bound program.
Ladd was instrumental in establishing College Bound, a collaborative
effort involving Boston College, Brighton High School, and West
Roxbury High School that provides educational assistance to promising
students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To date, 142 high schoolers
have graduated from the four-year program. All have gone on to college,
having won, in total, nearly $16 million in scholarships and grants.
The program has its roots in the mid-1970s, when the University’s
President, J. Donald Monan, SJ, and LSOE dean Lester Przewlocki
asked Ladd to be BC’s liaison to Boston’s public schools. A decade
later Monan asked Ladd to establish a more formal relationship between
the University and the city’s school system, and College Bound was
In Ladd’s plan, BC undergraduates are paired with high school students,
who are recommended for College Bound by their teachers and counselors
based on their academic potential. Each BC volunteer commits to
10 hours a week of tutoring and mentoring, and meets regularly with
senior College Bound staff members to design and revise education
plans specific to each College Bound student.
College Bound also has a community outreach element, through which
many BC faculty and staff volunteers pass on job skills, personal
guidance, and career advice.
LSOE dean for students and outreach John Cawthorne has been acting
as interim director since Ladd’s November departure, and will do
so until a permanent replacement is named.
After 14 years, Ladd says, “it was starting to become too
much of ‘my’ program.” By passing on the director’s
job, he hopes to preserve the adaptability and creativity on which
College Bound’s success rests.
Ladd, who joined the Lynch School of Education in 1969, will stay
on as a professor.
Photo: George Ladd (left) with Dean John Cawthorne. By Gary