Rick Florino ’02

Rick Florino '02 owns, operates, and oversees the preeminent entertainment industry writing, media training, and messaging firm Written On Time, Inc. Since 2006, he has written official bios, press materials, speeches, statements, copy, and more for countless GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum music legends, Academy® Award-winning actors and actresses, athletes, industry executives, and influencers throughout the worlds of fashion, lifestyle, technology, and beyond. The company is headquartered on Hollywood Boulevard with a staff of three. He has written two critically acclaimed books: the underground phenomenon Dolor, and sought-after entertainment industry guide Do The Devil’s Work For Him (co-written with Amy Sciarretto). He has two film projects in development with major award-winning production partners. His journey began in Boston, MA as a lifelong film and music aficionado. He attended Boston University Academy and graduated Magna Cum Laude in ’04 from Boston University’s College of Communications at 19 years old due to getting a jump start on college at 15 at BUA. His... More

Important Announcement from the Office of BU Provost Jean Morrison

To the Boston University Academy Community, I write to let you know that we have separated Dr. Ari Betof from employment as Head of School at Boston University Academy (BUA). While it is our policy not to comment on personnel matters, we can say that the reason for the separation does not involve any current or former BUA student or any other member of the BUA community. Assistant Head of School Dr. Rosemary White has agreed to serve as the interim Head of School of BUA, effective immediately. Rosemary received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. She was a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Lecturer for two years at Boston University before she joined the Academy. Rosemary also has extensive teaching experience as an undergraduate and a doctoral candidate. Rosemary has been at BUA for eight years. Before she assumed her... More

Ashley Stipek ’09

Ashley Stipek ‘09 graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs and a master’s degree in Terrorism Studies. Her master’s coursework focused on terrorism and trafficking, critical infrastructure protection, right-wing terrorism, and political violence. Since graduating, she has worked in Washington, D.C. in public policy, research, and communications. Ashley is currently a Communications Strategist with the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit which works to advance international scholarship, build economies, and promote access to opportunity. In her free time, Ashley runs the D.C. chapter of Nerd Fitness and enjoys powerlifting, playing board games, and traveling. How does your academic background in international affairs and terrorism studies inform your current work at the Institute of International Education? Doing both my undergraduate and master degree abroad taught me to look at experiences and challenges from a different cultural and contextual perspective. When I work on projects... More

BUA Commencement 2018

On May 21, 2018, Boston University Academy hosted its 24th Commencement exercise. Dr. Walter Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at BU School of Theology, delivered the keynote address. Diplomas were conferred by Dr. Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University. The complete video of BUA's 2018 Commencement ceremony is available below or here. Congratulations to the BUA graduates of 2018 and their families!

BUA Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On May 4-5, Boston University Academy celebrated its 25th anniversary with two days of events and performances, culminating in a gala at the State Room, Boston, on the evening of May 5. The anniversary celebrations brought together nearly 400 alumni, current parents, parents of graduates, current and former faculty, leaders of Boston University, and friends of BUA to honor the history and achievements of the school. The Friday festivities included a Latin reading by BUA Classics Instructor Kristin Jewell; a retrospective slideshow; the unveiling of a commemorative time capsule; an alumni panel discussion; Senior Thesis presentations; and special classes taught by BUA teachers. At a reception on the lawn of the Academy building, assembled guests had the opportunity to toast departing physics instructor Gary Garber for his 19 years of service to BUA.  On Friday evening, the community enjoyed a special 25th Anniversary Spring Concert with a pre-concert talk by BUA Music... More

Introducing Rhett Jr.!

Hi everyone, I’m Rhett Jr.! You’ve probably seen me around before, on BUA visitor stickers or maybe on a tote bag or t-shirt at the BU Bookstore. But from today on out, get ready to see a whole lot more of me at One University Road! I was designed especially for BUA by Artists for Humanity, an organization based in South Boston whose mission is to “bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.” Pretty great, right? Starting in the next several months, you’ll begin to see me on buttons, magnets, sweatshirts, mugs, Admission material -- maybe even the BUA website. I’ll probably even make an appearance in one of Dr. Betof’s PowerPoint presentations. I guess you could say I’m the unofficial mascot of BUA. Like the Rhett you’re used to seeing around BU, I’m a Boston Terrier. ... More

BUA Seniors Named Boston Herald’s 2018 Winter All-Scholastics Champions

Boston University Academy seniors Juliana Bongiorno ’18 and Andrew Deng ’18 were selected for Boston Herald’s 2018 Winter Prep School All-Scholastics titles for basketball. Bongiorno, captain of the BUA Girls’ Varsity basketball team, led her team to clinch the Girls’ Independent League (GIL) championship title for the first time in BUA history. Deng, captain of the BUA Boys’ Varsity basketball team, is the first BUA basketball player to score more than 1,000 points, and ended this season with 1,010. A two-time All Girls Independent League MVP, Bongiorno averaged 13 points, nine rebounds, 3.2 assists, 4.4 steals and 2.5 blocks a game in her senior campaign. She is a four-time All Girls Independent League All Star and two-time NEPSAC All Star. A four-time MBIL All Star, Deng finished this season with 25.6 points, 2.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Bongiorno and Deng were also named MVPs (Most Valuable... More

Alexander Voeller ’00

After graduating from BUA, Alexander Voeller ‘00 attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Alex holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Some of his most recent roles include serving as the Engineering Officer aboard USS BOISE (SSN 764). While serving as the ship’s Engineer, he was responsible for the maintenance and operation of the nuclear reactor, engine room, and all of the ship’s support systems. He completed a highly successful six-month deployment to the EUCOM theater of operations. Following his time on the BOISE, he reported to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency where he was J3/7 Nuclear Branch Chief. He conducted seven inspections in the Russian Federation under the auspices of the Plutonium Production Reactor Agreement. These inspections included monitoring Russia’s stockpiles of... More