The 2016 Partners in Excellence (PIE) Award Celebration was a Success!

More than 300 teachers, school leaders, legislators, members of the business community, and other supporters joined us for the 4th annual Partners in Excellence Award Celebration on April 5 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The goal of the event was to honor Fitchburg Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle and 54 AP teachers from across Massachusetts for their exceptional dedication to helping more students take and thrive in challenging AP classes.

Highlights included a performance by Worcester South High Community School Band, remarks from BPS Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang, and hearing Worcester South senior Kenneth Adusei and Northeastern University student Nancy Figueroa share their inspirational stories. And we were thrilled to have Eric Waldo, executive director of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, deliver the keynote address on what the White House is doing to prepare more students for college success.

View the photos from the evening, and read the media coverage on honorees.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Event Co-Chairs & Lead Sponsors

  • Joshua Boger
    Founder, Board Member and Former CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Rick Burnes
    Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus, Charles River Ventures
  • John Davis
    Former Chairman of the Board and CEO, American Saw & Mfg. Company
    Senior Trustee, Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation
  • William Schawbel
    Founder and CEO, The Schawbel Corporation


  • Bridgewater State University
  • Putnam Investments
  • State Street Corporation

  • Crane Currency
  • Wolf & Company, P.C.

  • The Boston Foundation
  • The College Board
  • Pamela D. Everhart

  • Boston Financial Data Services
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Colliers International

Thank you to our host committee. 

Host Committee 

  • The Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston
  • Tommy Chang
    Superintendent, The Boston Public Schools
  • Frederick W. Clark Jr.
    President, Bridgewater State University
  • Peter Curran
    Chief of Human Resources, Putnam Investments
  • Larry DiCara
    Partner, Nixon Peabody
  • Pam Eddinger
    President, Bunker Hill Community College
  • Pamela Everhart
    Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Fidelity Investments
  • Grace Fey
    President, Grace Fey Advisors
  • Richard Freeland
    Lecturer, Northeastern University
    Former Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Philip W. Johnston
    President & CEO, Philip W. Johnston Associates, LLC
  • Rachel Kaprielian
  • E. Edward Klotzbier
    Special Advisor, Higher Education Relations, the College Board
  • Jean F. MacCormack
    President, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
  • Travis McCready
    President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Andre Ravenelle
    Superintendent, Fitchburg Public Schools
    President, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
  • Charlotte Golar Richie
  • Richard Taggart
    Chairman, Board of Directors, Mass Insight Education
    EVP, Investment Manager Solutions, State Street Corporation