April 29, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 16
Sullivan Gift Endows Connolly As Musician-in-Residence
Center for Irish Programs Executive Director Thomas E. Hachey announced that Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly has been named the Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music, an endowed position established through the generosity of G. Craig and Maureen Sullivan of San Francisco. Effective on June 1, the appointment extends through the 2008-9 academic year.
Connolly, a 10-time Irish national fiddle champion, joined the Irish Studies Program in 1991 and was founder and director of the popular Gaelic Roots Summer School and Festival. In addition to his teaching, research and music-related activities at the University, he is actively involved in organizing the Boston College Irish Music Archives.
Craig Sullivan, who in 1964 graduated with a degree in accounting from what is now known as the Carroll School of Management, has enjoyed a distinguished corporate career and recently retired as chairman of the Clorox Company. He previously held executive positions with Procter and Gamble and American Express.
Craig and Maureen Sullivan agreed that their professorship could be assigned to an artist in residence position for five years to enable the University to acknowledge and support Connolly's valued contribution. The future designation of this endowed position may next be a professorship in Irish Studies, a determination that will be made in several years.
The Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music underscores Boston College's continued commitment to support a quality program in the field of Irish music, as was promised at the conclusion of the 2003 Gaelic Roots festival.
University President Rev. William P. Leahy, SJ, Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John Neuhauser and Hachey all praised Connolly's work in expanding and enhancing Irish music programs at Boston College, describing him as a dedicated teacher, respected scholar and accomplished musician who is an appropriate and deserving recipient of this award.
Seamus Connolly will perform as part of the "Rapper, Reels and Revelry" benefit concert this Sunday, May 2, at 5 p.m. in Gasson 100. For more information about this event, see www.geocities.com/linimages/rapperconcert.html. •