Academic, Administrative News Top Trustees Meeting

Academic, Administrative News Top Trustees Meeting

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs

The June 9 meeting of the Boston College Board of Trustees featured updates on University finances, admissions and faculty and administrative searches.

In his report on the state of Boston College, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said decisions on the new deans of the Carroll School of Management and the Graduate School of Social Work were forthcoming, possibly by the end of July. In the interim, Fr. Leahy announced that Prof. Richard Mackey would serve as interim dean of GSSW.

Fr. Leahy also reported on the progress of the search for a new vice president of student affairs, which ended with the appointment last week of Cheryl Presley, associate vice president for student affairs at Colorado State University.

Thomas A. Vanderslice, chairman of the board's Academic Affairs Committee, said that Boston College had accepted the best academic class in its history. The average SAT score of the approximately 2,100 incoming freshmen is just under 1300, he said.

Reporting the addition of 35 faculty, 20 of whom are female, Vanderslice added that the quality of the new senior faculty is particularly impressive as the University continues to attract top professors and researchers.

Buildings and Properties Chairman Joseph E. Corcoran said the University expected to file its master plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority in early July. The filing, he noted, would be followed by a 60-day waiting period and a review by the zoning board.

Corcoran expressed optimism that, once approved, construction for the new Lower Campus office project could begin by year's end. The University also has proposed to add 800 beds, which would raise its on-campus housing stock to 7,200 beds by 2005, he said. [For more on campus construction, see this story]

John F. Farrell Jr. reported for the Finance and Audit Committee that Boston College had a record-setting fund balance of $188 million, a 16 percent increase over last year.

Robert Morrissey, chair of the Investment and Endowment Committee, announced that the University's endowment stands at $1.065 billion, the highest of the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the 37th highest overall among higher education institutions in the United States.

Reporting on the Ever to Excel Campaign, Development Committee Chairman Patrick Carney said Boston College had received $47.9 million in cash gifts during 1999-2000, the largest amount ever. He added that Fr. Leahy had recently received an anonymous gift of $20 million, the second such offering in the past seven months. This gift elevated the campaign total to $226 million, or 57 percent of the $400 million goal.

Thus far, Carney noted, the University has received 49 commitments of $1 million or more. The campaign has received $94 million from trustees, $71 million from non-trustee alumni, $39 million from corporations and $2 million from the Jesuit community.

Rev. Brian Paulson, SJ, chair of the Student Life Committee, concluded the committee reports by congratulating outgoing Vice President for Student Affairs Kevin Duffy for 24 years of service to the Boston College community. Fr. Paulson called Duffy "a vibrant, student-centered, hardworking and loyal supporter of Boston College."

Duffy then gave a presentation on what he has witnessed during his tenure at BC, titled "Trends in Student Enrollment from 1950-2000."

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Sept. 22.


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