After concluding a successful presidency at Loyola Marymount earlier this year, Fr. O'Malley accepted an invitation to teach in the A&S Honors Program. He will lead a seminar on St. Augustine in the spring, and is serving as an associate dean this academic year.
"The thought was that being a dean would be a great way for me to re-enter the University," said Fr. O'Malley, who served as A&S dean from 1973-80. "I have had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of undergraduates. It's been a delightful introduction to the Boston College community."
"To have a person like Fr. O'Malley back again at A&S is wonderful," said A&S Dean Joseph Quinn. "He is a marvelous spokesman for Jesuit higher education and the liberal arts, and we value the experience and wisdom he brings with him."
Fr. O'Malley joined the BC faculty as the Classics chairman in 1967 and became the Theology chairman in 1969. He left the deanship to become president of John Carroll University.
After stepping down from that post in 1988, he served in several positions before being appointed president of Loyola Marymount in 1991.
After more than two months back on campus, Fr. O'Malley said his impression of the current undergraduate population is highly favorable.
Thomas O'Malley, SJ
"I had expected that students who wanted to speak with me would be having trouble with their academic standing," he said . "But most everyone I've met is very scrupulous about their studies. These are excellent students."
Fr. O'Malley said that while much has changed at BC in the years he has been away, some things have not, such as the campus' distinctive gothic architecture. He's also pleased to see the University Chorale - a group he sang with as an undergraduate - still thriving. He's rejoined the Chorale and plans to take part in its spring trip to Europe .
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