Newton Is Appointed as Special Assistant to President

Newton Is Appointed as Special Assistant to President

Robert R. Newton, who had served as associate academic vice president since 1991, has been appointed as special assistant to the president, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced last week. Newton assumed his new position on Jan. 15.

Since arriving at BC in 1980 from the faculty of the University of San Francisco, Newton has played an active role in many University-wide initiatives. He chaired the University's successful effort to earn National Collegiate Athletic Association certification, and was co-chair of the University Academic Planning Council. He also has served on the search committees for the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, Law School and Lynch School of Education.

In announcing the appointment, Fr. Leahy stated, "I have been seeking someone who can help with institutional planning, research and writing, and various special projects. I have worked closely with Bob in the UAPC implementation process and in our preparation for accreditation visits and NCAA certification. He has abundant skills and wide knowledge of Boston College and a range of academic issues. I very much appreciate his willingness to become a member of the President's Office."

"I was given a series of great opportunities by Fr. Leahy and Fr. Monan to work for the President's Office on projects of importance to the whole University," said Newton, who has worked with five academic vice presidents during his two decades at BC.

"The move from Bourneuf to Botolph is a natural transition, and I am confident that it will be a good change for me and, I trust, for the President and Boston College."

-Jack Dunn


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