Fr. McInnes Cited for His Work with Alpha Sigma Nu

Fr. McInnes Cited for His Work with Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu Moderator William C. McInnes, SJ, has been honored as one of five outstanding figures in the history of the Jesuit honor society for his role in launching its annual book-prize competition.

William C. McInnes, SJ

The tribute was paid Fr. McInnes by the Association of College Honor Societies, which marked its 75th anniversary this year by honoring leading lights in 48 member societies.

Fr. McInnes is noted for inaugurating the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards in 1979 during his tenure as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The book prizes are awarded to Jesuit university-faculty authors in the humanities, sciences, and professional disciplines ranging from architecture to law.

The current vice president of Alpha Sigma Nu's national board, Fr. McInnes was one of five nominees - and the sole priest - submitted by the Jesuit honor society to the national group for recognition. Honored along with Fr. McInnes were Richard and Ann Panlener of Marquette University, Caroline Roulier of the University of Detroit and the late Theodore Erlandson of Loyola Marymount University.

Alpha Sigma Nu was founded at Marquette in 1915 as a Catholic counterpart to Phi Beta Kappa, and today has chapters in 32 Jesuit institutions in the United States and abroad.

The Boston College chapter dates to 1939 and currently has 145 members, elected on the basis of scholarship, service and loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education

Fr. McInnes, a 1944 graduate who returned to his alma mater four years ago after a distinguished career as president of the University of San Francisco and Fairfield University as well as the AJCU, has served as moderator since 1997.

"Having an honor society on a Jesuit campus is important," he said. "Such a society acknowledges there are certain people who should be honored for personal integrity and accomplishment."

He said the BC chapter has several projects in the works, including an academic scholarship competition and a service program under which students will visit elderly Jesuits at Campion Center in Weston.

-Mark Sullivan


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