Development, Residential Life Posts Are Filled

Development, Residential Life Posts Are Filled

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs and
Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Boston College welcomed a vice president for development and announced the hiring of a new residential life director, highlighting several administrative changes at the University during the summer.

James J. Husson last month became the University vice president for development, as part of the expansion of BC's University Relations division.

James J. Husson
Also in August, BC announced the appointment of Henry J. Humphreys as director of residential life. Humphreys, dean of residence life at St. John's University in New York City for the past two years, will begin his new duties on Oct. 15.

The Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Carroll School of Management also announced administrative changes [see separate story].

During his tenure as Brown University's VP for development, Husson helped the school to achieve a 50 percent increase in annual giving over 1997-1998 fiscal year totals, and oversaw the expansion of the development operation to its present level of 100 fundraisers and administrative staff.

Prior to working at Brown, where he also had served as executive director of university capital giving, Husson was director of major gifts at Harvard University and held fundraising positions at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, and at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, described Husson as "an energetic and experienced professional who possesses the background and skills necessary to enhance BC's fundraising efforts.

"Jim is a person who is committed to higher education fundraising and who has been successful in guiding a similar university through its own development expansion and reorganization. I welcome him and his family into the BC community, and I look forward to working with him."

Added Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong, "Jim Husson will be a wonderful addition to senior management as we lead private voluntary support at Boston College to a new level of excellence."

University Trustee John M. Connors Jr., co-chair of BC's "Ever to Excel" capital campaign, offered a similar assessment. "While Boston College is enjoying its greatest years in fundraising, the projected intergenerational transfer of wealth makes it essential that BC is both prepared and proactive in its fundraising capability. Jim Husson will assist us greatly in this effort, allowing Fr. Leahy to continue his success in this important endeavor."

Husson said, "The prospect of working for Boston College is an exciting one for me both personally and professionally. BC combines the best qualities of an academically rigorous institution and a thoughtful community, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work on behalf of the goals that Fr. Leahy, the deans, and the faculty identify for Boston College."

Humphreys was instrumental in introducing a residence life program to St. John's, the formerly all-commuter school in the Queens section of New York City. He has overseen the implementation of a 2,000-bed housing program for St. John's undergraduate, graduate and law students.

He developed a residence life judicial system at St. John's in addition to creating a wide array of social activities, educational programs and a hall government system. Humphreys directed a staff of 54 professional and residence hall employees at the institution.

"The director of residential life is one of the most important positions in providing leadership to undergraduate student development and formation," said Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl L. Presley. "Henry has over a decade of professional experience in the operational, programming, judicial and counseling areas of residential life and student affairs."

Humphreys had previously worked for eight years on the housing staff at Fairfield University, where in 1999 he became director of housing before leaving for St. John's in 2000. He also served as president of the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers for the 2000-2001 academic year.

"Having worked at Fairfield, I missed the Jesuit tradition," Humphreys saidd. "I wanted to return to a Jesuit school, and I was certainly impressed with the academic prowess that I saw in BC's students." Humphreys said that he met several undergraduate residence assistants and UGBC officers while exploring the residential life position at BC.

Humphreys will succeed Robert Capalbo, who stepped down last December after 16 years to join the University's Development Office.


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