White Stepping Down as Associate VP for State and Community Relations

White Stepping Down as Associate VP for State and Community Relations

By Sean Smith
Chronicle Editor

Associate Vice President for State and Community Relations W. Paul White announced this week that he will leave Boston College to join The Karol Group Inc., a Boston-based government affairs firm, effective Sept. 1.


W. Paul White

A 1967 alumnus who served in the Massachusetts Legislature for almost 25 years as a representative and senator, White has held the associate VP job since October of 1997. During that time, he has overseen the University's relationships with state and local officials, as well as with administrative and advocacy groups at the community and state levels.

He also worked with Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre on issues related to federal policy, and directed the strategic planning for government and community relations.

"Joining The Karol Group is a tremendous opportunity, but it brings with it a bittersweet feeling," said White, who will be a principal in the firm. "I have loved working for my alma mater along with such a committed, dedicated group of professionals. I have been very impressed with their knowledge of how to move BC forward and to serve both our students and the local community."

Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella praised White for serving "at critical times in our relationships with the cities of Boston and Newton.

"I have enjoyed working with Paul for these past four years, and wish him the best as he moves into a new stage of his career. The University looks forward to continuing a relationship with Paul in his new career."

Campanella cited White's work on BC's five-year master plan, which was unanimously approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last fall. The plan calls for construction of a six-story residence hall next to Vanderslice Hall, a five-story office building on the hillside east of O'Neill Library, a four-story wing along the north end-zone of Alumni Stadium and an addition to Robsham Theater.

As part of the plan, BC pledged community benefits such as 50 four-year, full-tuition scholarships, with 10 of the need-based awards presented per year over the five years of the master plan. BC also promised to add 800 dormitory beds, reducing the number of students living in off-campus apartments.

"Paul deserves much of the credit for the success of the master planning process, which involved both finely honed diplomatic skills and fair, but persistent, negotiating abilities," said Campanella.

White singled out Office of Community Affairs Director Jean S. McKeigue and Associate Director William Mills for their roles in the master plan, along with University Legal Counsel Joseph Herlihy, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Thomas Devine and former Associate Vice President for Planning and Construction Alfred Pennino.

"They made critical contributions to the process, helping BC generate trust in the community," he said.

White said he also was pleased by the University's fruitful negotiations with Newton officials and neighbors to construct soccer fields on the Newton Campus, and in the continued success of BC's football game day traffic and parking plan.

"I hope we can continue to build upon these positive experiences," he said. "Higher education has to be a partner in the community, and BC is certainly committed to that ideal. I think, however, we need to better acquaint everyone with the things we do, both large and small, for the community. Our administrators, our faculty, and most of all, our students demonstrate this dedication time and again in so many constructive ways."

 

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