Fr. Buckley to Step Down as Jesuit Institute Director

Fr. Buckley to Step Down as Jesuit Institute Director

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

With the announcement by Canisius Professor of Theology Michael Buckley, SJ, that he will retire as director of the Jesuit Institute, a search will be launched to find a Jesuit to lead the 13-year-old scholarly institute charged with fostering the Jesuit and Catholic identity of the University.

Fr. Buckley, one of the nation's most respected Catholic theologians, has said he will step down at the close of the calendar year after a decade as director of the Jesuit Institute. He plans to return to teaching and writing as a member of the Theology faculty.

A search committee is to be led by Vice President and Assistant to the President William Neenan, SJ. Members include Rattigan Professor of English John Mahoney, School of Nursing Dean Barbara Munro, BC Jesuit Community Rector Assoc. Prof. Francis Herrmann, SJ (Law), and Asst. Prof. Douglas Marcouiller, SJ (Economics).

Fr. Neenan said the panel hopes to begin interviewing candidates on July 31 and to have a new director in place at the Jesuit Institute on Jan. 1.
"I've been director for 10 years, and thought it was time for new leadership and fresh ideas," said Fr. Buckley in an interview Tuesday morning.

He said he took satisfaction in the growing involvement of more and more faculty in seminars and discussions hosted by the institute.

"The university is a place where faculty talk to each other about serious issues," he said. "The job of the institute is to facilitate those conversations."

Praising Fr. Buckley's tenure, Fr. Neenan said, "His charismatic leadership has firmly established the institute in the life of the University and extended its influence worldwide."

The Jesuit Institute, founded in 1988 with an initial gift from the Boston College Jesuit Community and a matching gift from the University, underwrites research projects and hosts interdisciplinary seminars on questions that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. More than 100 faculty members are involved in its seminars each year. The institute also funds research fellowships, films and publications and various scholarly events.


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