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Jack Neuhauser steps down

Neuhauser at a recent campus forum. With him is Executive Vice President Patrick Keating. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Neuhauser at a recent campus forum. With him is Executive Vice President Patrick Keating. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser has announced that he will step down from the University's top academic post later this year. Neuhauser, who has served in the role since 1999, will rejoin the Carroll School of Management faculty after a successor is named.

The decision by Neuhauser, who was dean of the Carroll School for 22 years before being named AVP, coincides with the near completion of the University's Assessment and Planning Initiative. "It made sense to bring in a new AVP who would be responsible for implementing over the next 10 years the priorities that we have identified," he said in an interview with the Boston College Chronicle.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, praised Neuhauser for his efforts "to enhance the faculty and academic program," calling him "a dedicated University citizen who has served this institution exceedingly well."

During Neuhauser's tenure, BC cemented its place among the top-40 national universities as ranked by US News & World Report. The University saw dramatic increases in external funding for research and sponsored projects—including a record $42.2 million in fiscal 2004. Undergraduate applications rose, and in 2004 BC received the fourth-highest number of applications of any private university in the United States (22,451). Over the same period, the average SAT score of incoming freshmen increased from 1275 to 1317.

The Neuhauser years also saw the University's first-ever Rhodes Scholars in 2003, and growing numbers of students earning Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and other post-graduate fellowship awards. In 2001, Boston College joined a group of needs-blind U.S. colleges and universities known as the 568 Presidents' Working Group, which seeks to develop common principles and metrics of student financial need. BC is one of only 30 colleges and universities in the country that meets the full financial need of all its students.


NEUHAUSER came to Boston College in 1969 as an assistant professor of computer science. He was the founding chair of the computer science department and became CSOM dean in 1977. During his tenure as dean, the CSOM undergraduate program rose to top-40 status among U.S. business schools, as Neuhauser recruited distinguished faculty members such as Wayne Ferson, Alicia Munnell, and Edward Kane (finance), Peter Wilson and Arnold Wright (accounting), and Larry Ritzman (operations and strategic management) to fill endowed chairs. While dean, Neuhauser also helped establish the Boston College Chief Executives' Club, a speakers' club for business leaders that has been called the top business lunch in the nation.

Fr. Leahy has appointed a committee of faculty, administrators, and students to recommend a successor to Neuhauser. William B. Neenan, SJ, vice president and special assistant to the president, will chair the committee. Its members include Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ, Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl L. Presley, Carroll School of Management Dean Andrew Boynton, Associate Dean of Nursing Loretta Higgins, Philosophy Professor James Bernauer, SJ, Theology Professor Lisa Cahill, Biology Professor Thomas Chiles, Chemistry Professor T. Ross Kelly, Finance Professor Alicia Munnell, Associate History Professor David Quigley, Law Professor James R. Repetti, Political Science Professor Kay L. Schlozman, Education Professor Mary Walsh, and Special Assistant to the President Robert Newton. An undergraduate and a graduate student will also be named.

Jack Dunn


Jack Dunn is director of public affairs at Boston College.

 

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