Q&A: Buildings and Properties Committee Chair
Board of Trustees Vice Chair John Fish (pictured) leads Boston College’s Buildings and Properties Committee, a 12-person group that helps guide campus development, including the implementation of the Institutional Master Plan. Here, Fish discusses how today’s campus investments signal future success.
How is the institutional master plan enhancing the BC experience?
The Master Plan will help transform campus in a way that better addresses the needs of the 21st-century student. One can see this with Stokes Hall, a cornerstone of the plan, which when completed next fall, will house five humanities departments, First Year Experience, and other student formation resources.
This plan is anchored firmly in BC's Jesuit tradition. As St. Ignatius wrote, "All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully." I feel this way about the environments that we will create. They will enhance areas associated with a quality life—from rigorous study and spiritual contemplation to the fostering of community and loving friendships.
What inspired you to join the committee?
I saw an opportunity to combine my professional background in construction with my desire to serve BC. I'm humbled to follow in the footsteps of such past chairs as Joe Corcoran '59, H'09, P'85, '86, '87, '98, and the late Tom Flatley, P'86, '88, '89, '89. They left big shoes to fill, and I'm enthusiastic about the challenge. Their vision, along with that of the numerous committed Buildings and Properties Committee members over the decades, is the foundation beneath—and genius behind—the most recent Master Plan improvements.
What should excite alumni the most about BC's continued expansion?
Alumni should be energized by the momentum that continues to propel BC forward. The past 25 years have been a period of spectacular growth, and the University's positive reach is being felt throughout the world. The current investments that are being made through the Light the World campaign—in housing, the sciences, technology, athletics, and all aspects of campus life—reflect the support of the entire BC community and will touch countless lives