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William B. Neenan, S.J.

vice president and special assistant to the president


William B. Neenan, S.J. was appointed Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at Boston College in August 1998 after having served as Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties since 1987.

Prior to 1987, Father Neenan served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as the University’s first Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. Professor.  Before joining Boston College, he taught economics at the University of Michigan from 1966-1980.  Father Neenan received an A.B. and S.T.L. from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.  In 2008, he received an L.H.D. honoris causa from Boston College, now his alma mater.

In addition to his many adminis­trative duties, Father Neenan has found time to publish an annual list of rec­ommended reading, “The Dean’s List,” which is eagerly awaited each fall by countless alumni, students, parents and friends of the Univer­sity. “The Dean’s List” has been published for over a quarter of a centu­ry.

For years, Fr. Neenan has also spon­sored a series of luncheons for BC undergraduates from different parts of the nation, at which his warm and welcoming personality and home­spun humor have proved a popular and reassuring beacon for the young students.

He is proud of his Sioux City, Iowa roots.  He became a St. Louis Cardinal fan shortly before receiving his First Communion and has more than a passing affection for the Boston Red Sox.