EVP Search Approaches End Faculty Day

EVP Search Approaches End

Fr. Leahy offers updates on projects, Ex Corde; faculty awards presented

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

As Boston College prepares to name a new executive vice president, the University will now launch a search for a new director of its Jesuit Institute, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced at the May 3 Faculty Day event.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, during his remarks at the May 3 Faculty Day event, which drew an audience of more than 200. (Photo by Mike Mergen)

Speaking to an audience of more than 200 in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall, Fr. Leahy offered updates on University administrative changes, facilities and fundraising. He also discussed the forthcoming implementation of the Vatican document Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Fr. Leahy said he expects to announce within the next few weeks a successor for Executive Vice President Frank Campanella, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year to rejoin the faculty.

He also said that Canisius Professor Michael J. Buckley, SJ, will retire as director of the Jesuit Institute by the end of the calendar year. A committee headed by Vice President and Assistant to the President William B. Neenan, SJ, will be formed to find a successor [see related story].

Fr. Leahy noted a recent arrival to the BC administration: new Graduate School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, who began his duties last month.

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser also spoke at the event, and announced the teaching, research and service awards for the 2000-2001 academic year.

Fr. Leahy said campus construction projects are proceeding on schedule, with the Higgins Hall expansion nearing its end and completion of the Lower Campus administration building - which will provide office space for several academic and non-academic departments - expected to take 16 months.

The Middle Campus Project, Fr. Leahy explained, is on hold pending the City of Newton's appeal.

He also discussed the University's intent to increase its on-campus student housing, which include plans to provide 800 more beds by September of 2004.

Reporting on the "Ever to Excel" capital campaign, Fr. Leahy said the University's effort to raise $400 million had reached the 70 percent mark, or $280 million. Competitive pressures are forcing BC to place a greater reliance on fundraising, he said, than on tuition increases to raise revenues.

"We can raise a lot more money from alumni and friends of Boston College and need to explore new ways to do so," said Fr. Leahy, adding that BC must allocate resources more carefully and find ways to become more efficient.

Fr. Leahy reassured faculty members on the Vatican document Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which outlines operational norms for American Catholic colleges and universities and goes into effect next month. While the document stipulates that those teaching Catholic theology seek a mandate from the local bishop, Fr. Leahy said it is a matter between the bishop and the faculty member and does not involve Boston College. Failure to obtain a mandate, he added, would not be a factor in a faculty member's prospects for advancement at BC.

Another important directive of Ex Corde is that non-Catholics are to be welcome at Catholic institutions of higher learning, Fr. Leahy said.
"We at BC want to be the best possible institution of higher learning while remaining faithful to our Jesuit-Catholic tradition," he said.
Following his remarks, Fr. Leahy answered questions on a variety of topics from attendees.

Neuhauser reported on several developments, including a plan to realign some functions of Information Technology so they report to the Academic Vice President, and then presented awards for teaching, research and service.

Prof. John Heineman (History) and Asst. Prof. Audrey Friedman (LSOE) were honored for their teaching, while professors Paul Davidovits (Chemistry) and Lawrence Wolff (History) and Assoc. Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett (Psychology) won research awards. Associate professors Susan Chase (SON) and Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts) were recognized for service.


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