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University Announces Several Key Administrative Changes


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Sept. 6, 2012

During the summer, Boston College announced some key administrative changes:

   •Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, director of faculty outreach and program assessment for University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, was named the interim dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies. He succeeds the school’s namesake, James A. Woods, SJ, who retired this spring after 44 years as dean. A search for a new dean will begin this year.

Prior to his 2010 appointment in University Mission and Ministry, Fr. Burns served as co-chairman and associate professor of the Graduate School of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.  He also served as an adjunct assistant professor in counseling psychology and religion at Boston University and as an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Fr. Devino

  •Kelli Armstrong, associate vice president for institutional research, planning and assessment, was promoted to vice president for planning and assessment.

Armstrong, who has guided the University’s institutional research and planning, space management and strategic services efforts since coming to Boston College in 2004, was recognized for establishing one of the premier planning and assessment programs in American higher education, as well as her commitment to the mission of Boston College.

   •Terrence P. Devino, SJ, special assistant to the president and director of Manresa House, the University’s center for vocational discernment, has been appointed vice president and University secretary by the Boston College Board of Trustees, effective Dec. 31, 2012.

Fr. Devino will succeed Mary Lou DeLong following her retirement at the end of the year after 33 years of service to the University. The Office of the University Secretary oversees special projects such as the annual Commencement Exercises and BC’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, which will take place during the next three semesters.

Fr. Devino, who this year marked his 25th year as a priest, spent the past two years directing Manresa House and providing students seeking to explore a religious calling with thoughtful counsel and spiritual guidance. Previously, he served as vice president for university ministries at the University of Scranton. He also worked in Campus Ministry at Fairfield University and was at BC from 1998-2001.

   •Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, an associate professor in the Law School, has taken on a new set of responsibilities as senior associate dean for strategic planning and faculty development in the College of Arts and Sciences.

   Fr. Kalscheur will assist in reviewing A&S academic programs and in the school’s faculty hiring process. A major facet of his job as senior associate dean will be to promote conversations in the school on faculty engagement with the University’s intellectual, spiritual and formational mission.

Fr. Kalscheur will continue to teach a course in civil procedure at BC Law, where he has been a faculty member since 2003.

In addition, the University announced the appointment of M. Katherine Hutchinson as associate dean for graduate programs at the Connell School of Nursing, and Scott Cann as technology director of Information Technology Support Services.  

Formerly an associate professor at New York University’s College of Nursing, Hutchinson succeeds CSON Associate Professor Patricia Tabloski, who will return to the Connell School faculty after a one-year sabbatical. Cann served as director of Information Services Customer Services at Northeastern University, and led IT customer service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Library.