Mount Ida’s President Goes Back to School at the Urban Science Academy in Boston

November 25, 2013-


Newton, MA—President Barry Brown, along with other leaders recently participated in the 12th year of Principal Partners, a Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE) and Boston Public Schools program designed to involve the leadership of Greater Boston in the education of Boston’s public school students. President Brown, a former secondary school teacher himself, met with Nicole Gittens, headmaster of the Urban Science Academy at West Roxbury High and spent the morning gaining valuable insight into the dynamics that constitute a day in the life of this high school that is just minutes away from Mount Ida College. princpartners_post2013 After his morning with Urban Science Academy students, President Brown joined other corporate, public and non-profit and private sector leaders at Bank of America in Boston along with hosts Bob Gallery, President, Bank of America, Massachusetts; Chad Gifford, Bank of America Chairman Emeritus and Chair of the BPE Board of Trustees and others to discuss ways in which  these school visits can stimulate  productive partnerships between the  Boston Public Schools and participating institutions like Mount Ida. President Barry Brown stated, “I am honored to have been invited to participate in Principal Partners as the goals of the program are very similar to our mission at Mount Ida—to put students on the path to success by giving them a solid educational foundation connected to real-world experience.  This visit is just the start of what we hope to be a mutually beneficial relationship with Urban Science Academy’s students, teachers and administrators.”

About the Boston Plan for Excellence

BPE is committed to nothing less than student success and believes that every child should have the right to a quality public education and that Boston can be the first city in the nation to fulfill this basic promise of our democracy. BPE’s mission is to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools. To learn more, visit BPE’s website at

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at