Fr. Leahy Holds Informal Talks

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

"Conversations with the President," an informal series of talks designed to broaden communication between University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and the BC community, began with two sessions this semester and will continue in the spring semester.

Fr. Leahy announced the initiative at the 1997 Faculty Convocation, saying he would invite groups of faculty, staff and students to talk with him about a variety of topics two or three times each semester. This fall, he met with the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Chairs and a group of students from the Keyes residence hall on Newton Campus.

"These were very valuable discussions and I look forward to continuing them," Fr. Leahy said. "It is nice to have an opportunity where members of the Boston College community can informally share their impressions directly with me. I very much enjoyed these meetings and consider them time well-spent."

Fr. Leahy's Nov. 18 conversation with the Board of Chairs dealt in part with Project Delta and how it might affect department staff support, said Physics Department Chairman Prof. Kevin Bedell. The president also discussed the University's recent $260 million initiative to strengthen academic programs.

"I felt this was a very successful event," Bedell said. "Fr. Leahy was very relaxed and seemed to relish the chance to have this kind of communication."

Details on the next series of "Conversations with the President" will be announced at a later date.

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