Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl Presley meets with her three predecessors on Nov. 9: (L-R) Rev. George Drury, SJ, James McIntyre and Kevin Duffy. (Photo By Lee Pelligrini)
Interviewed afterwards, the four described the meeting as an enjoyable sharing of experiences and observations formed through their many years in the student affairs field. While their combined tenure extended more than 35 years, and coincided with a succession of tremendous changes at BC, the VPs found they had much in common.
"All of us have loved having the opportunity to work with students," said Duffy. "We also felt very strongly about Boston College being a community, in every sense of the word. Cheryl, even in her comparatively short time here, has seen that and she said it's one of the reasons she is so happy to be here."
Recalling the first years of the Student Affairs organization, Fr. Drury said, "It started in a difficult context. There was the Vietnam War, of course, which was having an effect on much of the country. Within BC, the idea of a vice president for Student Affairs was so new; everyone was used to dealing with the president on such matters.
"But there was a lot that needed attending to, and having a separate administrative office to concentrate on student affairs was an important step for the University. It's been an example of how one brings together, in such a wonderful way, the great resources we have here at BC - our people."
McIntyre said the four vice presidents "reflect the transition of the University itself, in ways that have been very exciting and fruitful.
"The whole formation of a Student Affairs division was, and remains, very appropriate in the context of Jesuit education," he continued. "It demonstrates how BC, as a Catholic and Jesuit institution, looks beyond the classroom in the development of our young men and women."
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