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Q&A Academically Speaking

New Provost David Quigley Looks Toward BC’s Future

This June, David Quigley assumed his new role as provost and dean of faculties, the highest aca­demic office at Boston College. He first joined BC as a member of the History Department in 1998 and served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2009. Quigley recently shared his thoughts on how BC will continue to excel in an ever-shifting academic landscape.

How do you see BC’s academic enterprise evolving?

It is incredibly exciting to imagine the ways we will position Boston College even more firmly among the world’s great universities as we strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs and continue to develop an extraordinary faculty. I’m particularly looking forward to working closely with the professional schools and the deans to further develop cross-school collaboration.

What are the immediate priorities?

Over the next few years, we will reaffirm and deep­en our commitment to excellence in liberal arts education, including making more sustained investments in the natural sciences and strength­ening the core curriculum to improve the under­graduate educational experience. And it is key that we continue to recruit, retain, and develop the very best faculty in all schools, faculty who are wonder­ful teachers and cutting-edge researchers dedicated to BC’s distinctive mission.

What are some of the challenges in making this vision a reality?

Boston College competes against other top-ranked universities and, frankly, that competition is fierce. BC can attract and retain world-class faculty only by investing in our professors—providing what they need to succeed in the classroom, in the research lab, and in the library. Creating a dynamic learning environment will also ensure that we continue to attract talented and caring students.

None of this can be done without the Boston College family and the continued investment in BC’s mission of our Light the World donors.

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