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Fr. Kalscheur Appointed Dean, After Serving on Interim Basis for a Year

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ

By Jack Dunn | Director of News & Public Affairs

Published: Sept. 3, 2015

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, who has served as interim dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences since June of 2014, has been appointed dean by University President William P. Leahy, SJ.

Fr. Leahy and Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley announced the appointment at yesterday’s University Convocation.  
In addition to his role as dean, Fr. Kalscheur will also have a joint appointment as professor in both the Law School and Political Science Department.

Quigley praised Fr. Kalscheur as an ideal fit for the deanship of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, based on extensive feedback from Morrissey College faculty and students, as well as deans, trustees, vice presidents and other members of the Boston College community.

“Greg Kalscheur has long been one of my most trusted colleagues and someone to whom I’ve turned for wise counsel over the years,” said Quigley. “His work this past year with students, faculty, and alumni has convinced me that Greg is the right leader for the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.  I look forward to many years of working together to support the undergraduate and graduate programs in MCA&S while advancing the University’s mission.”

Fr. Kalscheur said he was honored that his appointment has been made permanent and looks forward to working with faculty and staff to enhance the college.

“It has been a tremendous privilege for me to serve as the interim dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences over the course of the last year, and I am deeply grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue serving the University as dean,” said Fr. Kalscheur. “We are blessed with remarkably talented and energetic students, and it is a real gift to be able to work with exceptional faculty colleagues who aspire to collaborate across all the disciplines that make up the Morrissey College to help our students become women and men of depth of thought and creative imaginations, well-prepared for meaningful lives and vocations. 

“As dean, I look forward to continuing to work alongside our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to strengthen our shared commitment to academic excellence, to the rigorous and dynamic search for truth, and to the ongoing formation of all of our minds, hearts, and imaginations for lives of freedom, integrity, and service of the common good.”

During his time as interim dean, Fr. Kalscheur earned praise from faculty for his work on core curriculum renewal, faculty engagement and mentoring, and academic planning, and from students for his accessibility and guidance, and his commitment to student formation.   

Fr. Kalscheur, who holds degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Michigan, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Columbia University, joined the faculty at Boston College Law School in 2003, where he served prior to being named senior associate dean of the Morrissey College in 2012.  

Prior to entering the Society of Jesus in 1992, he clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and worked as a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC. After joining the Jesuits, he taught political science at Loyola University in Maryland and was assistant to the director of Loyola’s Center for Values and Service before coming to Boston College.

The oldest and largest of the University’s eight schools and colleges, the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences consists of 22 academic departments that offer 33 majors to BC undergraduates. It also features several special academic programs including Capstone, Cornerstone, Perspectives and PULSE. The Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences offers graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as dual-degree options with the Carroll School of Management, BC Law, the Lynch School of Education and the School of Social Work.