Residential Life Director to Step Down at Month's End

Residential Life Director to Step Down at Month's End

Capalbo to assume post in expanded University Relations division

By Sean Smith
Chronicle Editor

Robert Capalbo, a 1962 alumnus who has directed Boston College's Residential Life division for 16 years, will leave that post effective Dec. 31 to become associate director of corporate and foundation relations in the Development Office.

Robert Capalbo (Photo by Gary Gilbert)
With the departure of Capalbo, who begins his new job on Jan. 2, a management team headed by Assistant Director of Housing Milagros Arguello and Associate Director for Residential Life Operations and Financial Management Linda Riley will provide interim leadership, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl Presley.

Presley also said the University will soon form a committee to launch a national search for a permanent director to oversee staffing, operations and programs for BC's 28 student residence halls.

Capalbo's move comes as part of an expansion of BC's University Relations division announced earlier this fall. The plan calls for more than 40 professional staff to be added during the next two to three years, as well as the creation of a vice president for development and five associate vice president positions to assist in all areas of University fund-raising.
In his new position, Capalbo will work with faculty and deans to identify research projects needing funding then work with corporations and foundations to secure that funding.

Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong cited Capalbo's commitment to Boston College and the close relationships he has developed with students and faculty during his 24 years at BC as key factors in his appointment.

"We're delighted to have Bob working with us," said DeLong. "His familiarity with the Boston College experience - as both an undergraduate and graduate student, as a teacher and as an administrator - will be a great asset in our efforts to build stronger ties with the corporate and foundation sectors."

Discussing his forthcoming transition, Capalbo said, "We are all aware of the institutional commitment to securing the financial resources necessary to fund our high aspirations. To be part of a team that has significant demonstrated success is very satisfying."

Presley praised Capalbo for his contributions "to the development of students through leadership programs, service to the University and the development of new initiatives in residence halls.

"In addition, he has been a mentor to many staff, students and alumni."

Presley said that Arguello and Riley, having worked under Capalbo, are well equipped to direct Residential Life until a successor is found. She added that the two will make some temporary hires to help manage some administrative areas.

Capalbo commended Residential Life administrators and staff for their work and dedication and lauded the many undergraduate and graduate student residential assistants who have served during his tenure at the University.

"This is both the most satisfying administrative position at the University and one of the most challenging," said Capalbo. "Satisfying because it gave me the opportunity to bring the Ignatian virtues and ideals that underpin our institution to new generations of students. The challenge was to continue the more than 450 years of Jesuit commitment to education and student formation in contemporary, American secular society."

Prior to arriving at BC in 1977 as assistant director for resident staff and student formation, Capalbo taught at Regis College, Framingham State College and Curry College, where he also served as dean for student life. Capalbo earned master's and doctoral degrees from BC, in addition to his bachelor's degree, and has taught occasionally at the University.


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