Neuhauser succeeded David R. Burgess, who left the position to devote more time to teaching, research, and service as a member of the Biology faculty.
"I have asked Jack Neuhauser to become academic vice president because of his knowledge of Boston College and his commitment to its mission," said Fr. Leahy in announcing the appointment. "He is highly respected by students, faculty and his fellow deans. I am confident that Jack's experience, commitment, and knowledge of BC will enable him to provide strong academic leadership for our University as we move into the new millennium. I look forward to working with him in advancing Boston College."
Neuhauser, who first came to Boston College in 1969 as an assistant professor of computer science, has held several positions within CSOM. He was the founding chair of the Computer Science Department and became CSOM dean in 1977.
Recognized for his ability to build a strong faculty, Neuhauser is credited with advancing the undergraduate program of CSOM to top-40 status among American business schools. In addition, he helped redesign the MBA program to promote ethical behavior and responsible management action, and helped established several joint degree programs within the University, including MBA-MSW, MBA-JD and MBA-Ph.D.
John J. Neuhauser.
He has served as an educational consultant for several colleges and universities, and has been active in professional and regional accrediting associations for business schools in the United States. Currently, he is a director of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business and Saucony, Inc., and a trustee of several mutual funds at The Colonial Group and Liberty Financial Services Co.
A graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in physics, he holds a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in operations research/statistics, as well as a doctorate from RPI in operations research/statistics and mathematics.
Among Neuhauser's accomplishments during his tenure as CSOM dean has been the establishment of the Retirement Research Center at Boston College, with a five-year, $5.2 million grant from the Social Security Administration, and the recruitment of Alicia Munnell, Edward Kane, Peter Wilson and Larry Ritzman to hold endowed chairs in CSOM. He is also credited with helping to establish the Chief Executives' Club of Boston, recently named the number one speaking club for business executives in the United States.
During his time as dean, the University also sponsored the 1994 "Conference on Financial Markets and The Economy," featuring Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and the 1996 "Conference on Prospects for a Global Economy," which featured Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Labor Secretary Robert Reich. He has also overseen BC's Center for Work and Family, the Center for Corporate Community Relations, and the Small Business Development Center.
"I am honored to be chosen for this position and look forward to the challenge of strengthening the educational experience at BC on all levels, recruiting and retaining the best possible faculty, and enhancing teaching and research by faculty members on our campus," said Neuhauser. "I also want to foster the unique characteristics of Boston College that differentiate us from other excellent colleges and universities. I am often told by employers how well BC students take care of each other. I think the faculty and staff do, as well, and I am committed to sustaining that sense of caring here at Boston College."
Burgess had previously served as professor and chairman in the biological sciences department at the University of Pittsburgh. He expressed a desire to focus his attention on his research in cell biology and to eventually return to the classroom.
Fr. Leahy said Burgess will join the Biology Department faculty after a year's sabbatical.
"David Burgess brought fresh perspectives to Boston College during his tenure as academic vice president," said Fr. Leahy. "I thank him for the time and energy he devoted to enhancing all aspects of undergraduate, graduate and professional education on campus."
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