St. John’s Prep is proud to congratulate Chair of the Board of Trustees Mike Kennealy ’86, the newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kennealy was sworn in by Governor Charlie Baker during a ceremony on December 28 at the State House in Boston.
“Mike defines what it means to be a servant leader. From his extraordinary commitment to St. John’s and his decades-long dedication to creating opportunities for others, he sets a powerful example of using your gifts and talents for the benefit of others,” said Headmaster Edward P. Hardiman, Ph.D.
Before being named to his new role, Kennealy served as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and co-chair of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Previously, he was special advisor to the receiver at the Lawrence Public Schools, where he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the district’s turnaround plan. Kennealy began his career in private equity at the Boston-based TA Associates. He later spent 15 years at Spectrum Equity, where he helped to establish the firm as a market leader with nearly $5 billion in assets under management.
Kennealy and his wife, Trisha, co-chair the Campaign for GOOD at St. John’s, which has raised nearly $40 million to date, including $25 million to build the Leo and Joan Mahoney Wellness Center.
At the opening of the Mahoney Center in September 2017, he said, “Our students will walk these halls and be surrounded by an essential resources that hundreds of donors helped to create. This historic building, built on generosity, is a profound commitment to our mission of educating the whole person. And that legacy will be carried on, retold by young men who will graduate and be inspired to be generous themselves, who will be inspired to have a lasting, positive impact in our world.”
A member of the Board of Trustees at St. John’s since 2009, Kennealy was honored as the Prep’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. He holds an A.B. in government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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