From Your Perspective, What Is Fr. Monan's
Greatest Legacy?

George Madaus
Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy - joined the faculty in 1966.

The lasting legacy is that he took BC from a basically New England, undergraduate, arts and sciences school, and turned it into a major national, prestigious university. Some people say it was his buildings and fund raising and, yes, all that is important, but all that was toward the vision he had of making this place a national, preeminent university, the best Catholic university in the United States. And he's succeeded in that.


Theodore Dziak, SJ
Neighborhood Center and Ignacio Volunteers director - joined Boston College in 1990.

I think his legacy will be the support he has given to the city of Boston, not only in making Boston College a leading university academically, but also a leading university of values committed to building the city in terms of its neighborhoods, issues of justice, exposing its students to community service.
David Hollenbach, SJ
Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology since 1991.

Fr. Monan put BC in the position not only to survive as a first-rate university, but to move to a level of genuine leadership in Catholic higher education worldwide. When we look back 20 years from now, my hope would be that we'd be able to say that when Donald Monan was president, BC moved into a position to become one of the premier Catholic universities in the world.


Evan Kantrowitz
Chemistry professor - member of the faculty since 1977.

The decision to build the Merkert Chemistry Center. It has provided the opportunity to dramatically improve our undergraduate education in chemistry and has provided the atmosphere where graduate students, faculty and undergraduates can work together in research.


Charles Donovan, SJ
University historian; former SOE dean, former AVP - joined the faculty in 1948.

He can't be compared to anybody else. You could think of the founder, Fr. McElroy; you could think of Fr. Gasson, who brought the college to Chestnut Hill. They did specific things in a short time, they were builders. Father Monan took a good, though shaken, institution and brought it to a level of excellence that is justly acknowledged certainly nationwide and certainly, in some respects, worldwide. His legacy is one of excellence.


Nancy Netzer
Director of the Boston College Museum of Art and associate professor of fine arts since 1990.

For me, his legacy is the sense of community which he's fostered, the spirit of excellence and the sense of ecumenism. These are things that you don't find on many university campuses.


Daniel Coquillette
Professor of law and former Law School dean - arrived at Boston College in 1985.

I think the first thing is how far Boston College has come financially and as a physical plant in the past 24 years. But what I think is most important is that Fr. Monan has made these dramatic steps forward without changing the atmosphere of Boston College as a humanitarian, concerned community. That he moved the school is important; that he moved it without losing its spiritual and community values is more important.


Joellen Hawkins
Professor of nursing - joined the faculty in 1975.

The visibility of the University in the wider community. He is such a positive image and a diplomat for BC. To have a president as visible, and with such quiet charisma, is just incredible. We are the envy of every other university because of his leadership.


June Gary Hopps
Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work since 1976.

Fr. Monan's legacy to graduate and professional education is the commitment to prepare students for service to others in a world that has experienced great technological changes, where the old moral and spiritual verities are being questioned now more than ever. He has brought to a new level the University's intellectual recognition of these changes and what they mean in the global village.


James McGahay
Senior Development officer - joined Boston College in 1970.

The lasting impact, I feel, is that through his tenure Boston College really filled the hopes and dreams of its Jesuit founders, in terms of being a premier Jesuit, Catholic and national university. The history of this university will point to this era as the high point of the journey to that goal.


Mary Cronin
CSOM professor; former university librarian - arrived at Boston College in 1986.

To me, the legacy of Fr. Monan is the vision that he has given all of us at Boston College about being at the top, really accomplishing as much as we can imagine doing. I've seen that work so effectively for the libraries, where I always knew that he understood, he really supported the most intellectually expansive vision of what a library could mean to a university.


John Mahoney Sr.
Rattigan Professor of English - joined the faculty in 1956.

Academic excellence. The best students encountering the best faculty, the best faculty doing the best research, in an atmosphere in which the facilities are such that you constantly feel supported, whether you turn to the library, whether you go to the theater, whether you want to see the best of museums.


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