March 18, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 13

Associate Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Thomas J. Keady is flanked by Jeanne Levesque, recently appointed as director of governmental affairs, and Director of Community Affairs William Mills.

Govt./Community Affairs Takes 'Big Step'

Office welcomes new administrator, prepares for new Master Plan

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

The Office of Governmental and Community Affairs has undergone a reorganization with the appointment of former Northeastern University administrator Jeanne Levesque '83 as director of governmental relations and the promotion of William R. Mills from associate director to director of community affairs.

Discussing the reorganization, Associate Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Thomas J. Keady said Levesque and Mills will play important roles in preparing and implementing a new Master Plan for future University development.

"I think it's a very big step for this office, and I see both of them working very well together," said Keady, interviewed last week.

Levesque returns to the University after spending 12 years as associate director and director (2002-2004) of the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs at Northeastern. Mills has been a member of Boston College's Community Affairs staff since 1988, serving as assistant and associate director prior to his current appointment.

"Jeanne has had proven success at Northeastern in working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority in preparing this type of plan," said Keady. "Bill has been of enormous service to Boston College for many years, with the expertise he brought with him as a former aide to Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, as well as the relationships he has forged throughout the local community.

"I believe that Jeanne and Bill, working together, will enhance our ability to be successful."

After graduating from BC with a degree in political science, Levesque worked as a full-time aide to Boston City Councillor Michael McCormack while attending Suffolk University Law School in the evening. She earned her law degree in 1991. She also worked as an intern for then Massachusetts Lt. Gov. John F. Kerry and was a volunteer in successful United States Senate election campaigns for Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy.

At Northeastern, where she arrived in 1992, Levesque played a key role in that school's recent physical growth and development. She was involved in developing the university's master plan, which after its passage in 2000 won the Massachusetts American Planning Association Award, the first time an educational institution's development strategy had been honored by the professional group.

"I'm most proud of the physical transformation of the Northeastern campus during that time" she said. "Working on that master plan gave me the opportunity to use all of my skills - political, legal and community. The scope of my job there was very broad based, covering everything from federal relations to policy development to the actual building construction.

"These kinds of projects are really exciting to work on," she said. "It's great to have it go from an idea to a real building."

Mills is a familiar face to Brighton-Allston residents and officials as BC's representative in discussions on town-gown issues. He also is the liaison for the many University-sponsored outreach programs that offer significant Boston College resources to the local community, including scholarships for area students, $75,000 in annual grants for education, service and civic projects, and the numerous volunteer service projects undertaken by BC students, faculty and staff.

"I'm out at as many of the community meetings as possible," he said. "I'll be working even more with the community to let them know what new development proposals will bring about.

"Boston College wants to continue to be a good neighbor, and we are looking to do even more things in the community."

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