Dennis M. Duggan, Jr. of Milton to lead his alma mater into new era

BRAINTREE, MA, ISSUED August 9, 2012… The Archbishop Williams High School Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Boston, is proud to announce the appointment of Dennis M. Duggan, Jr. as president of this leading Catholic co-educational college preparatory high school in Braintree, MA. Duggan will succeed Dr. Carmen Mariano who has moved from president to principal succeeding Mary Lou Sadowski who retired June 30. “We are proud to welcome Mr. Duggan to our Presidency,” said Dr. Mariano. “He is a graduate, a friend, and a champion of our school. I look forward to working with him.”

In addition to his love for and loyalty to AWHS, Mr. Duggan brings significant leadership, management and people skills and is an experienced fund raiser.

“We couldn't have a better leadership team”, remarked David Francis, Chair of the AWHS Board. “Two distinguished graduates of the school who have been avid supporters of the school for years in terms of time, treasure, and talent. The face of the school in terms of its academic and athletic opportunities has changed dramatically for the better over the past five years in particular. The addition of Dennis Duggan as President further solidifies the school's very bright future.”

“The Archbishop Williams' Community will greatly benefit from the leadership of Dennis Duggan, who brings experience, knowledge, and organization skills as solid assets which will positively influence the school community,” said Michael McCarthy, Chair of the Search Committee. “His commitment and passion for the school will further support and enhance the school's continued excellence. This change in leadership is a significant opportunity for positive organizational change.” 

Mr. Duggan, 60, an attorney and Milton resident was born in Dorchester, grew up in Quincy and attended Quincy Public Schools through junior high school, after which he entered Archbishop Williams. A member of the AWHS Class of 1970, Mr. Duggan was a student athlete and National Honor Society member. He matriculated to Boston College and graduated magna cum laude in 1974. He then earned his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Suffolk University Law School. 

Mr. Duggan’s commitment to Archbishop Williams has been steadfast over many years. He has served for six years on the Board of Trustees as Chair of the Development and Governance Committees. He also led the Board’s Search Committee in 2007 when Dr. Carmen Mariano was appointed the School’s first president. Duggan was recently inducted into the school’s Academic Hall of Fame for his professional and academic achievements both while at AWHS and beyond. Mr. Duggan is the eldest sibling of an AWHS legacy family. His brother (Reverend) Kevin (1972) and sisters Maura (Howe) (1973) and Sheila (Fisher) (1976) are all Williams graduates.

Post-graduation, Mr. Duggan served on the Suffolk Law School Alumni Association, and was its three-term president. He has been a member of Suffolk University’s Board of Trustees for nearly 20 years and chaired the recent successful Presidential Search Committee for the University. He also served on the St. Mary’s of The Hills School Committee for more than 10 years.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Duggan served as a Law Clerk to Federal District Court Judge Frank H. Freedman. At the end of the clerkship Mr. Duggan joined the law firm WilmerHale (then Hale and Dorr) where he rose from the rank of associate to partner. Mr. Duggan joined Nixon Peabody (then Peabody and Brown) in 1989 as a partner. He served Nixon Peabody and its legacy firms in firm management for more than 15 years, including its Management and Compensation Committees. From 1999-2007 Mr. Duggan served as Chair of Nixon Peabody’s Litigation Department with responsibility for more than 325 attorneys in 14 offices coast to coast. As Department Chair, he provided management and oversight of the Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, Products and Mass Tort, Labor and Employment, Insurance and Bankruptcy practice groups. He was the first Chancellor of the firm’s educational entity, NP Institute. 

Mr. Duggan has been named a Massachusetts and New England “Super Lawyer” for a number of years and has rating agency Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for ethics and competence.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Duggan and his wife Mary (Reidy), also a member of the AWHS Class of 1970 have been leaders and active participants in their home town of Milton Massachusetts. Mary is a speech pathologist and "English as a Second Language" teacher. Mr. Duggan, a long-time coach in the Milton H.S. and town youth programs, is a member of the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.

“I am a product of the great Williams history and tradition,” remarked Mr. Duggan. “I respect and embrace that legacy, and I look forward to working with Dr. Mariano, the dedicated deans, faculty and staff of AWHS, its Board of Trustees and its impressive and enthusiastic alumni base to meet and overcome the challenges facing private catholic education today. I can't wait to get started.”