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"We Are BC": Academic and Athletic Excellence on the Heights

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Gene DeFilippo, Boston College
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Cushing 001

Boston College’s graduation rates rank among the national leaders, and the university is home to one of the most competitive athletics programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference. How do the Eagles do it? What are the challenges of upholding such a standard? The Boisi Center hosts a conversation with Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo on the successes of the Boston College athletics program, and how the university’s Catholic and Jesuit mission informs athletics on the Heights.

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Since Gene DeFilippo became Director of Athletics in September of 1997, he has led the Boston College athletics program to an unprecedented period of innovation, growth, fundraising, athletic and academic success. He also led the program through one of the most significant periods in its history as it transitioned to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference. DeFilippo previously served as Director of Athletics at Villanova University from 1993-97.  He also served as Associated Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky from 1987-93, Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg from 1984-87 and Director of Administrative Services at Vanderbilt University from 1983-84. DeFilippo received his B.S. from Springfield College in 1973 and earned three varsity letters as a quarterback in football during his undergraduate career.  He received a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1974.