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DeLong, Husson fill new posts

James J. Husson (left) and University President William P. Leahy, SJ. By Gary Wayne Gilbert

James J. Husson (left) and University President William P. Leahy, SJ. By Gary Wayne Gilbert

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced on May 5 that Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong will step down June 15 and that Vice President for Development James J. Husson will succeed her as vice president for university advancement. DeLong will assume a new role as vice president in the Office of the President.

"Mary Lou DeLong has had such an impact not only on fundraising at BC but also on efforts to strengthen ties with alumni, parents, and friends of the University," said Fr. Leahy. "She brought tremendous professionalism, commitment, and dedication to her position. I am grateful for her many years of service, and I am delighted that she will remain a vice president and will work closely with the Office of the President." DeLong's responsibilities in her new post will include assisting the president with specific fundraising projects as well as serving as the president's liaison to the Council for Women at Boston College and various advisory groups established by departments, schools, and colleges of the University.


RECRUITED to the University as part of the expansion of fundraising efforts, James J. Husson assumed the newly created position of vice president for development in 2002. He brought with him 15 years of experience, including service as vice president for development at Brown University, where he oversaw a 50 percent increase in annual giving. Prior to his work at Brown, Husson served at Harvard University as director of major gifts for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Since his arrival at Boston College, Husson has led the University's efforts to expand its fundraising staff, including the hiring of three new associate vice presidents. Working closely with trustees and volunteer leaders, he and his staff have spearheaded a number of new initiatives and increased resources devoted to areas such as the Boston College Fund and gift planning.

"Jim Husson's work at Brown and Harvard has prepared him well for his new role at Boston College," said Fr. Leahy. "In the last 18 months he has shown that he has the experience and skills necessary to lead the University to continued success in its advancement efforts."

Husson said he and his team look forward to advancing the work of the University in the years to come. "I am inheriting an exceptional volunteer network and an outstanding staff," Husson said. "We are enthusiastic about helping to advance the work of our faculty and students. Boston College is clearly a place that sets and achieves remarkable goals. We will do our very best to expand the financial resources that are so critical to the University's mission and strategic direction."

A native of Lowell and a 1987 graduate of the University of Rochester, Husson lives in Arlington with his wife, Laurie Smith, and two children, Jonah and Anna.

Mary Lou DeLong. By Gary Wayne Gilbert

Mary Lou DeLong. By Gary Wayne Gilbert

Speaking of her 28-year close association with Boston College, DeLong noted, "From my first affiliation as a Newton College graduate, to my five years as a University trustee, to my current position as senior vice president of university relations, my experience has been enriching and rewarding. BC is a university unique among its peers; it is an institution true to its Jesuit, Catholic mission and a place where private voluntary support has flourished and will continue to flourish. I am enormously proud of what the Ever to Excel Campaign accomplished for Boston College. Looking ahead, this seems a very appropriate time for the next generation of leadership to take the helm."

During DeLong's tenure, annual giving increased from $16.6 million in cash received in 1992 to last year's record-breaking total of $55.3 million. Most recently, under her leadership, Boston College's Ever to Excel Campaign raised $441 million in gifts from more than 90,000 donors, including $225 million for endowment, $80 million for endowed faculty teaching positions, $71 million for student scholarships and financial aid, and $38 million for new facilities and renovations.


DELONG, A 1971 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, began her career at Boston College in 1976, serving in the offices of alumni relations and then development until 1981. She then left to pursue development opportunities at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, before becoming director of major gifts at Harvard Medical School from 1987 to 1989. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Boston College from 1984 to 1989.

DeLong returned to Boston College in 1989, joining the development office as director of individual gifts. She was named to the post of vice president for university relations in 1992 and became senior vice president for university relations in 2001.

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