Quinn Named Next A&S Dean

(6-21-99) -- Boston College has named its nationally-renowned economics professor Joseph F. Quinn to be the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the oldest and largest undergraduate school within the University.

Quinn will succeed J. Robert Barth, SJ, who will rejoin the English Department faculty after serving as dean for 11 years.

Considered one of the nation's leading experts on retirement issues, Social Security reform and the economics of aging, Quinn has taught economics at Boston College since 1974. He served as chairman of the Economics Department from 1988-1994. He also serves as NCAA faculty athletics representative and chairman of the BC Athletics Advisory Board. A 1969 graduate of Amherst College, Quinn received a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.

In announcing the appointment, Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, noted that Quinn is an individual who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service, and who understands and supports the mission of Boston College. "Joe Quinn has vast experience at Boston College and is highly respected as a scholar-teacher and University citizen," said Fr. Leahy. "I am confident that he will be a superb dean, who will build upon the strong foundation left by Fr. Barth and his predecessors."

Outside of Boston College, Quinn has served as co-chair of a technical panel for President Clinton's Social Security Advisory Committee, a fellow of the Employee Benefits Research Institute, a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Economic Growth and Technology.

He is the author of dozens of scholarly publications on economic issues, and was part of a team headed by Drucker Professor of Management Sciences Alicia Munnell that obtained a five-year, $5.25 million grant from the Social Security Administration to establish the Retirement Research Center at Boston College, one of only two research consortiums on retirement issues in the nation.

"I have been at Boston College for 25 years and have enjoyed every minute of it," said Quinn. "I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen for this position.

"The College has been very fortunate to have had Fr. Barth at the helm for these 11 years. Arts and Sciences has continued to improve in every dimension, and I am looking forward to the challenge of building on the work of Fr. Barth and our many colleagues," Quinn added.

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