Trustees OK Funds for More Upper Campus Renovations

Trustees OK Funds for More Upper Campus Renovations

Progress in academics, fundraising reported at board's summer meeting

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs

At their June 1 meeting, the Boston College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $15.5 million expenditure to provide more student housing on Upper Campus, and heard University President William P. Leahy, SJ, review accomplishments of the past academic year and discuss the outlook for 2001-02.

Having received the trustees' endorsement, the University will now proceed with plans to add 130 new beds through the construction of attic dormers in four Upper Campus residence halls and a new connector building between Fenwick and Xavier halls. The work, expected to be finished by August of 2002, is the second phase of a project that will result in 800 additional beds by September of 2004.

Phase 1 of the project - entailing the addition of 236 more beds on Upper Campus - is on schedule for completion by Aug. 15, said Trustee Joseph Corcoran, chairman of the board's Buildings and Grounds Committee.

In his remarks to the board, Fr. Leahy said Boston College made "great progress in our two ongoing goals of being the best university we can be, while remaining faithful to our Jesuit, Catholic heritage." Remarking on the University's continued academic success, he pointed to the Marshall, Churchill and Fulbright scholarships earned this past year by BC students, as well as two National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowships, the first ever awarded to BC students.

Fr. Leahy praised students, faculty and staff for their compassion and sympathy following the deaths of four students this past year. "The response of this community to these tragedies, from both students and campus personnel, was most impressive and speaks to the religious underpinnings of the University," he said.

Fr. Leahy also used the opportunity to recognize Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella - whose successor was announced earlier this month [see related story] - for his remarkable contributions to Boston College over the past 30 years.

Thomas A. Vanderslice, chairman of the board's Academic Affairs Committee, reported that the University had accepted just 34 percent of its 19,059 applicants, of whom 2,369 had formally enrolled, representing a yield of 35 percent. He also said the average SAT score for the Class of 2005 is 1305, an increase of 47 points over the 1258 average of the graduating Class of 2001.

Development Chairman John M. Connors Jr. said the University would reach its goal of $50 million in gifts received, including a record setting $16.7 million in reunion gifts. The Class of 1951 raised $5.4 million, tripling the original best for a 50th anniversary class. In addition, Connors reported that the Ever to Excel Campaign had raised a total of $285.5 million towards its goal of $400 million.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21.

 

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