Keating Is Choice as New Executive Vice President

Keating Is Choice as New Executive Vice President

Internet education firm executive to succeed Campanella

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs

Completing a national search to fill what many campus observers have called its most important non-presidential appointment, Boston College has named Patrick J. Keating, the current vice president and CFO of UNext Inc., and former vice president for business and CFO at Carnegie Mellon University, as the University's new executive vice president.

Patrick J. Keating

Keating succeeds Frank B. Campanella, who served as EVP for 27 years before announcing his retirement last fall.

Keating will assume his position in late August.

As EVP, Keating will be responsible for the areas of facilities management, finance, human resources, information technology and student affairs, as well as for long-range operational, fiscal and capital planning.

A graduate of Michigan State University, where he holds a bachelor's degree in economics, Keating also received a master's degree in public policy studies from the University of Michigan before earning a doctorate in higher education administration from Michigan State.

As vice president and CFO of UNext, he was responsible for financial reporting, planning and forecasting, as well as the accounting, treasury, facilities management and human resources functions of a company that delivers graduate business education over the Internet to employed adults throughout the world.

Previously, he had served for 15 years at Carnegie Mellon University, first as director and then vice president of university planning before being named vice president for business and CFO in 1990. In this role, he was directly responsible for the overall financial, planning and administrative support services of a research university with an annual budget of $500 million. He also worked with the president, provost, deans, vice presidents and department heads in the design and implementation of financial, planning and administrative services.

During his tenure, he supervised the construction of $100 million in new facilities and created a communications network with neighborhood groups and city government in Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Keating served as budget officer of Michigan State University from 1978-1983.

"Pat Keating understands both academic and business culture and has extensive experience in management of complex enterprises," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "He appreciates the importance of consultation and planning as well as the need for timely and decisive decisions. I am confident that his background, engaging personality and commitment to the Jesuit, Catholic mission of Boston College will enable him to excel as our next executive vice president."

Members of the search committee who selected Keating from a strong field of candidates offered similar praise. "Pat Keating has an impressive background in all areas from IT and construction to working with the provost at one of the nation's leading research universities," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser. "He has a common-sense approach and lots of practical experience. And while you don't replace 30 years of Frank Campanella's leadership, we felt unanimously that he has the right set of skills and experiences to succeed him."

Added College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph Quinn, "We are delighted to have Patrick Keating join the BC community. He has worked in a well-respected research university and knows the importance of integrating cutting-edge research and undergraduate education. He is a straight shooter with a supportive management style who realizes that universities run best with ample communication and cooperation."

Said Lynch School of Education Dean Mary Brabeck, "It's exciting to have someone come on board who has the knowledge and insight about how technology can enhance our dual commitment to teaching and research. Pat is a collaborator who listens and who possesses many of the virtues we want in our students. He'll be a great addition to Boston College."

Keating, a resident of Highland Park, Ill., said he looks forward to coming to Boston College and to the challenge of guiding the University in this crucial role. "Boston College is an excellent school with a wonderful mission" said Keating. "I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of that mission and to help enhance the University at this time in its history. My wife and I are also excited about joining the Boston College community, with all of its diverse offerings. It is truly a tremendous opportunity for us."

Frank Campanella will begin his year's sabbatical in September before returning to teach in the Carroll School of Management in the fall of 2002. He was honored by the University for his 30 years of distinguished service this spring with an honorary degree, and an on-campus road, Campanella Way, named in his honor.


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