Neuhauser to Step Down as Academic VP
By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs
Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser announced today that he has decided to step down from the University's top academic post in 2005. Neuhauser, who has served as AVP for the past five and a half years, will rejoin the Carroll School of Management faculty after a successor is named.
Neuhauser, who was dean of the Carroll School for 22 years before being named AVP in 1999, said he felt the time was right to move on given the near completion of the University's Assessment and Planning Initiative.
"It made sense to bring in a new AVP who would be responsible for implementing over the next 10 years the priorities that we have identified through the Assessment and Planning Initiative," said Neuhauser. "I feel that I have accomplished much of what I set out to do as AVP, and more than I ever imagined when I arrived at Boston College 35 years ago. I am extremely proud of the excellent academic programs that we have at Boston College."
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, praised Neuhauser's work as AVP, crediting him with strengthening academics at BC.
"Jack is a dedicated University citizen who has served this institution exceedingly well as a faculty member, dean and AVP," said Fr. Leahy. "I am grateful for all that he has done for Boston College and especially for his efforts to enhance the faculty and academic program during his five years as AVP."
During Neuhauser's tenure, BC cemented its place among the top 40 national universities as ranked by US News & World Report. The University also saw dramatic rises in external funding for research and sponsored projects - including a record $42.2 million in fiscal 2004 - and undergraduate applications, breaking the 20,000 barrier in each of Neuhauser's five years.
Other indicators of BC's academic excellence in Neuhauser's time as AVP included the University's first-ever Rhodes Scholarship winners in 2003 and growing number of recipients of Marshall, Fulbright, Truman and other prestigious post-graduate fellowship awards.
BC continued to make progress on the academic technology front under Neuhauser, establishing a new office within Academic Affairs to assist faculty in using technology for teaching and research, including in the area of media development.
During the Neuhauser administration the University also maintained its commitment to help make higher education affordable, which included being invited to join a group of elite American colleges and universities know as the 568 Presidents' Working Group which seeks to strengthen need-based financial aid. As a result BC became one of 30 colleges and universities in the United States to meet the full financial need of all its accepted students.
Neuhauser first came to Boston College in 1969 as an assistant professor of computer science, and held several positions within CSOM. He was the founding chair of the Computer Science Department and became CSOM dean in 1977.
Recognized for his ability to build a strong faculty, Neuhauser was credited with raising the CSOM undergraduate program to top-40 status among American business schools.
His other accomplishments as CSOM dean included the recruitment of distinguished faculty members such as Wayne Ferson, Alicia Munnell, Edward Kane, Peter Wilson, Arnold Wright and Larry Ritzman to hold endowed chairs in CSOM. He is also credited with helping to establish the Boston College Chief Executives' Club, recognized as the top speaking club for business executives in the United States.
During his time as dean, the University also sponsored major economic conferences in 1994 and 1996, featuring guest speakers such as Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
While Neuhauser was AVP, BC saw the average SAT scores of its incoming freshmen rise from 1275 in 1999 to 1317 in 2004. During that time, BC received the fourth-highest number of applications of any private university in the United States, attracting a record 22,451 applicants this year from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve this great University," said Neuhauser.
"I look forward to helping my successor assume this role at an important time in the University's history."