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Hafner Named Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Prof. Donald Hafner (Political Science), who has played a key role in building Boston College's successful fellowships program, has been appointed as the University's inaugural vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs. He will assume his new position on July 1.

Donald Hafner.

Announcing the appointment, Provost and Dean of Faculties Cutberto Garza praised Hafner's academic and administrative talents, notably his tenure as director of the Fellowships Committee - a period that has seen BC mark the awarding of its first two Rhodes Scholars and numerous prestigious fellowships, including a record 21 Fulbrights this year.

"Don has been instrumental in preparing many talented BC students for national and international competitive trials that have led to our students winning stellar undergraduate fellowships," said Garza.

Hafner is also an associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Garza noted, and a highly respected scholar in international politics, American foreign policy, national security and arms control policy, who served with the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Carter Administration, where he was an adviser with the US delegations negotiating with the Soviet Union on strategic nuclear weapons and weapons in outer space.

"I expect that these professional experiences will serve Boston College exceedingly well as we navigate the many trans-departmental and college policies, programs, etc., that define our undergraduate programs and otherwise influence the lives of our undergraduates," said Garza.

Hafner said, "It's a little daunting, but I am looking forward to the job. There are a number of fine ambitions BC has set out for itself in the forthcoming strategic plan, and I hope to contribute when and wherever possible in this new role."

As vice provost, Hafner will serve as a liaison of the Office of the Provost to -- and help provide support for -- undergraduate academics and student life at BC. "Obviously, the focus for me will be more on the academic side of things, since our very capable Student Affairs division is well-equipped to fulfill BC's student life and student formation mission," he said.

"But since academics, student life and formation are of paramount concern to all of us at BC, I will certainly be taking part in the conversation."

Hafner said he expects to continue his involvement with the Fellowships Committee. "I am devoted to helping students pursue these valuable opportunities, and very much want to ensure BC continues its forward progress. In fact, I hope that this new position as vice provost will provide me with a perspective that could enhance the committee's work."


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