Barber Family Endows Football Coach's Position

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

University Trustee Gregory P. Barber '69, and his family have made a $2.5 million gift to Boston College to endow the head football coach's position.

The gift, titled the Gregory P. Barber and Family Endowment for the Head Football Coach, "supports the University's commitment to compete successfully in Division I-A football, lends prestige to the school's head coaching position and adds flexibility to the funding of athletics," according to Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo.

Barber is hopeful that his donation - made along with his wife Geraldine, son Gregory '99, and daughter Amy - will spur similar commitments from other Eagle sports enthusiasts.

"It seemed that whenever I spoke to classmates about Boston College, they wanted to talk about athletics, and football in particular," said Barber, who was chair of the Class of 1969's 25th anniversary gift campaign.

"When my family and I started thinking about making a major gift to Boston College, we thought about how important athletics can be to our alumni," he said. "It's like a magnet that draws so many of us back to the campus. We thought, 'Wouldn't it be a wonderful statement to demonstrate that athletics and academics exist on the same level, the level of excellence?'

Gregory P. Barber.

"We are very hopeful that we will see a number of endowments happen at Boston College in the next few years," Barber added. "So many people get so much enjoyment from Boston College athletics. It's wonderful to see a program like ours develop."

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