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April 29, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 16

Vice President for Development James J. Husson, shown with University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will become vice president for university advancement on June 15, when Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong assumes a new vice-presidential position. (Photos by Gary Gilbert)

Transition in University Relations, Academics

Husson to succeed DeLong as VP for university advancement

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced last week that Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong will step down June 15 and will be succeeded by Vice President for Development James J. Husson. DeLong will assume a new role as vice president in the Office of the President.

"Mary Lou DeLong has had such an impact not only on fund-raising at BC but also on efforts to strengthen ties with alumni, parents and friends of the University," said Fr. Leahy. "She brought tremendous professionalism, commitment and dedication to her position. I am grateful for her many years of service, and I am delighted that she will remain a vice president and will work closely with the Office of the President."

DeLong's responsibilities in her new post will include assisting the president with specific university projects as well as serving as the President's liaison to the Council for Women at Boston College and various advisory groups established by departments, schools and colleges of the University.

"Over the past 28 years it has been my pleasure and privilege to be associated with Boston College," said DeLong. "From my first affiliation as a Newton College graduate, to my five years as a University Trustee, to my current position as senior vice president of university relations, my experience has been enriching and rewarding.

"BC is a university unique among its peers; it is an institution true to its Jesuit, Catholic mission and a place where private voluntary support has flourished and will continue to flourish. I am enormously proud of what the 'Ever to Excel' campaign accomplished for Boston College. Looking ahead, this seems a very appropriate time for the next generation of leadership to take the helm."

Assuming the title of vice president for university advancement, Husson will have responsibility for the University's fundraising and alumni relations activities. "I am honored to succeed Mary Lou DeLong and it will be a privilege to work closely with Fr. Leahy in the years ahead," said Husson.

Fr. Leahy said, "Jim Husson's work at Brown and Harvard has prepared him well for his new role at Boston College. In the last 18 months he has shown that he has the experience and skills necessary to lead the University to continued success in its advancement effort."

Since his arrival at Boston College in 2002 as vice president for development, Husson has led the University's efforts to expand its fundraising staff, including the hiring of three new associate vice presidents. Working closely with trustees and volunteer leaders, he and his staff have spearheaded a number of new initiatives, increasing resources devoted to areas such as the Boston College Fund and gift planning.

Husson, a Lowell native and a 1987 graduate of the University of Rochester, said he and his team look forward to advancing the work of the University. "I am inheriting an exceptional volunteer network and an outstanding staff," Husson said. "We are enthusiastic about helping to advance the work of our faculty and students. Boston College is clearly a place that sets and achieves remarkable goals. We will do our very best to expand the financial resources that are so critical to the University's mission and strategic direction."

Prior to joining Boston College, Husson had 15 years of development experience, including service as vice president for development at Brown University where he oversaw an expansion of the development staff and significant increases in fundraising totals. Prior to Brown, Husson worked at Harvard University in several roles during the university's $2 billion capital campaign, including director of major gifts for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has also held development positions at Cushing Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon School.

During DeLong's successful tenure, annual giving increased from $16.6 million in cash received in 1992 to last year's record-breaking total of $55.3 million. Most recently, under her leadership, Boston College's "Ever to Excel" campaign raised $441 million in gifts from more than 90,000 donors including $225 million for endowment, $80 million for endowed faculty teaching positions, $71 million for student scholarships and financial aid and $38 million for new facilities and renovations.

DeLong, a 1971 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, began her career at Boston College in 1976, serving in Alumni Relations and then Development until 1981. She then left to pursue development opportunities at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and Phillips Academy in Andover before becoming director of major gifts at Harvard Medical School from 1987-1989. She was a member of Board of Trustees at Boston College from 1984-1989.

DeLong returned to Boston College in 1989, joining the Development Office as director of individual gifts. She was named vice president for university relations in 1992 and became senior vice president for university relations in 2001.

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