endows scholarship fund for
College of Advancing Studies
Robert M. Devlin, chairman and CEO of the Houston-based financial
services company American General Corporation, has committed $1
million to the College of Advancing Studies, endowing a scholarship
honoring its dean, James Woods, SJ.
"Investing in the future focuses my professional and personal
interests," said Devlin. "The College of Advancing Studies
develops leaders of the highest professional level, preparing them
to lead with the knowledge, wisdom, and hope necessary to ensure
the greater good."
Devlin's two sons, Michael '88 and Matthew '90, attended the College
of Advancing Studies, formerly the Evening College. Michael, president
of Devlin Communications in New York, earned a bachelor of arts
in communication from the college. Matt, a sportscaster with ESPN
and MSG in New York, holds a B.A. in communication from the College
of Arts and Sciences.
"Kate and Bob Devlin's gift reflects a generosity of heart
and spirit nurtured by Boston College and fostered in their family
and professional lives," said Fr. Woods.
"The Devlins taught their sons how to enjoy a deep spiritual
love of life that is not tied to the possession of material things,
a very tough lesson to teach in a century that worships materialism,"
he said. "Together they have endowed the College of Advancing
Studies with a scholarship to aid others in pursuing their dreams
and working out their lives with patience and compassion."
Added Fr. Woods, "their gift makes the education they so treasured
a possibility for many whose unique situations may otherwise preclude
The College of Advancing Studies offers undergraduate and graduate
degrees in the humanities, information processing, corporate systems,
and the social sciences to individuals seeking to earn a degree
as they pursue their careers.
Founded in Boston in 1929 and known as the Downtown Center, the
College moved to the Chestnut Hill campus in 1963, when it became
the Evening College. It changed its name again in 1996 to reflect
the expansion of its programs and to herald the introduction of
its first master's degree program, in administrative studies.
As dean since 1967, Fr. Woods is credited with leading substantial
curriculum expansion and introducing new programs.
"The College of Advancing Studies, and Fr. Woods in particular,
have had a profound effect on the intellectual development of countless
students," Devlin said. "I decided to create this scholarship
fund as a tribute to him and as a way of supporting the continued
expansion of the College."
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