Kathleen Yorkis, vice president for student affairs emerita at Bentley University, has been appointed as interim associate vice president for student affairs for the 2016-17 academic year, Vice President for Student Affairs Barbara Jones has announced.

She succeeds Katherine O’Dair, who left the University last month to become dean of students at Harvard College. O’Dair joined BC in 2004 and had served as associate vice president for student affairs since 2014.  

Yorkis came to Bentley in 1986 as dean of student affairs, and was named vice president in 2001; she retired in 2011. From 2012-15, she was interim assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and executive director of University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

James H. Murphy, who was the fall 2015 Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, has been appointed interim director of the Boston College Center for Irish Programs for the 2016-17 academic year, Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley announced recently. He also will serve as a visiting professor in Irish Studies.

A Vincentian priest and professor of English at DePaul University since 2001, Murphy is the author or editor of 14 books, including, as author, Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age, Abject Loyalty: Nationalism and Monarchy in Ireland During the Reign of Queen Victoria, Ireland’s Czar: Gladstonian Government and the Lord Lieutenancies of the Red Earl Spencer, 1868-1886, and, as editor, the 19th-century volume of the Oxford History of the Irish Book.

He holds two doctorates from University College Dublin and is also a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Maynooth University and the University of London.

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