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Echoes of a University Presidency

by j. donald monan, s.j.

J. Donald Monan, S.J.

© 2008 Boston College
316 pages | $19.95

Available at the
Boston College Bookstore.

As President of Boston College through an extraordinary 24-year tenure, J. Donald Monan, S.J., led the University from the brink of bankruptcy into the company of the nation’s academic leaders, a period of growth and revival hailed by the Boston Globe as “the Monan Renaissance.” A hands-on President both on campus and off, from the beginning he was and remained his own speechwriter. This volume gathers together, in Fr. Monan’s own words, the ideas and ideals, the motivations and sensitive appreciation of colleagues, through which, as Geoffrey Boisi writes in the Foreword, “Boston College found its authentic voice.”

“Those who have had the privilege of hearing Fr. Monan speak know they will be treated to an inspiring, eloquent, insightful, pragmatic, thought-provoking, spiritually centered, intellectual and logically constructed discussion on an important topic—impacting society and the human condition. His choice of teachable moments is as interesting and varied as the building blocks of the revitalized institution he created.”
—Geoffrey T. Boisi,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Roundtable Investment Partners LLC.

About the Author

J. Donald Monan, S.J., was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1955. He assumed the newly created post of Chancellor of Boston College in August 1996, following 24 years as President—the longest presidential tenure in the University’s history. A philosopher by training with a focus on the form of knowledge that guides decision-making, his experience embraces more than three decades as University executive officer, trustee, consultant, and advisor to a range of universities and business enterprises as well as civic and charitable institutions.


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