Administrative VP Driscoll To Assume New Role

(7-31-97)--Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced today that John T. Driscoll, vice president for administration at the University since 1988, will leave that position to become special consultant to the president for state and community affairs, effective Sept. 1.

"I have great admiration and respect for John Driscoll, and he has served the University so effectively during his years as vice president," said Fr. Leahy. "I'm pleased that Boston College will continue to benefit from his wisdom, generosity and experienc e."

As vice president, Driscoll's areas of responsibility included construction management and oversight of major services supporting Boston College's academic mission, inc luding the Boston College Police Department, Dining Services, Buildings and Grounds, and other functions.

During his tenure, he oversaw the construction of the state-of-the-art Merkert Chemistry Center, which lifted BC's chemistry research facilities into the top tier nationwide; complete renovations of the School of Education's Campion Hall and the Carroll Sc hool of Management's Fulton Hall; the additions to Lower Campus of two new residence halls and an atrium-styled dining hall, and the expansion of Alumni Stadium from 32,000 to 44,500 seats, among other projects.

A 1949 alumnus, Driscoll joined the vice-presidential cabinet at Boston College following a distinguished career in public service, having served two terms as treasurer and receiver general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and 13 years as chairman an d chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He also was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he was chairman of the House Committee on Taxation.

The University also announced today that several offices and departments that currently report to the Vice President for Administration will be relocated to other vice presidential divisions. Buildings and Grounds, Dining Services, Bureau of Conferences, Boston College Police and the BC Bookstore will be managed by the Office of the Financial Vice President, while the Vice President for Human Resources will oversee Environmental Health and Safety, and the Office of the Executive Vice President will have responsibility for Campus Planning and Construction.

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