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- "A Spirituality of Accompaniment," a talk by David Hollenbach, SJ (pg. 39)
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Quigley named provost
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has named David Quigley, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (A&S), as provost and dean of faculties. Quigley takes up his new role on June 1.
An historian with an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from New York University, Quigley joined the Boston College faculty in 1998. His most recent book is Second Founding: New York City, Reconstruction, and the Making of American Democracy (2004). He has served as A&S dean since 2009 and was the founding director of the University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts in 2008. As A&S dean he was involved in the creation of the University’s newest interdisciplinary major—environmental studies—in 2014, and he assisted in the shaping of programs outside of A&S such as the Carroll School of Management’s first-year Portico program and the Lynch School of Education’s training initiative Teachers for a New Era. He has also been part of the ongoing effort to reconfigure the undergraduate core curriculum. Executive Vice President Patrick Keating, co-chair of the provost search committee, praised Quigley’s success in “attracting and mentoring excellent young faculty” and “in working with fellow deans to enhance Boston College’s academic profile.” Catherine Cornille, chair of the theology department and search committee co-chair, added that Quigley “has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition. He knows Boston College from the inside and he has the vision, the experience, and the dedication to carry the University forward on its trajectory of excellence.”
Quigley succeeds Cutberto Garza, who stepped down after eight years in June 2013. Professor of economics Joseph Quinn served in the interim.
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