annual report 2012
becoming a jesuit Five Lives at Boston Collegeâ€™s School of Theology and Ministry
annual report 2012
becoming a jesuit Five Lives at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry
from the president 1 William P. Leahy, S.J. jesuit lives Mario M. Powell, S.J. Alejandro Olayo-Méndez, S.J. Sam Sawyer, S.J. Michael Rozier, S.J. Jeremy Zipple, S.J. A hub for Jesuit thinking
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from the chair 16 Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC ’71 year in review 17 financial report 26 statistical and financial highlights 29 board of trustees 30
cover photo Detail from “The Adoration of the Magi and Shepherds,” St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College
from the president
ne of the key responsibilities of a Catholic university is to mediate between faith and culture, especially to enrich the
conversation between the Church and the world. As John Paul II wrote in the 1990 document Ex Corde Ecclesiae—“From the Heart of the Church”—in addition to producing its own original research, the Catholic university should offer “continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge.” Boston College fulfills this duty in a particular way through its graduate School of Theology and Ministry (STM), established in 2008 when the Weston Jesuit School of Theology reaffiliated with the University. STM prepares those studying for the priesthood, as well as lay men and women, to serve the Catholic Church in the 21st century. Approximately 60 Jesuit scholastics and recently ordained Jesuits are among 380 students enrolled at STM. They study such subjects as Scripture, ecclesiology, Church history, and pastoral theology in classes with other religious and lay men and women from the United States and international locations. These members of the Jesuit order also have the opportunity to take courses in the humanities and sciences, business, education, and law, both at Boston College and at other schools in the Boston Theological Institute. This Annual Report profiles some of these Jesuit students and the ways they contribute to the University community and receive from it.
William P. Leahy, S.J. President
Detail from “The Annunciation,” St. Mary’s Chapel
by william bole
n June 2008, Boston College established its School of Theology and Ministry (STM) through a reaffiliation with the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which had been part of Boston College from 1959 until 1974. Of some 380 students currently enrolled at STM (which also includes the Department
of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry), roughly two-thirds are Catholic lay men and women preparing for a broad variety of ministries. Aside from a cluster of Protestant clergy, the rest are Catholic priests, nuns, permanent deacons, seminarians, and other members of religious orders. By far the largest religious grouping is the Jesuits.
There are about 60 Jesuits studying this fall at STM, which is housed on the Brighton Campus. They come from 24 countries, including France, Kenya, Chile, and Vietnam. Approximately one-third are ordained, studying in programs such as the doctorate in sacred theology, which leads to a degree granted in the name of the Holy See. But some 40 are young Jesuits in training who have come to Boston College on their road to priestly ordination. Known as “scholastics,” they illustrate Boston College’s role in educating a generation of young Jesuits for ministry. A scholastic’s three years at STM typically follow seven to nine years spent as a novice, a graduate student of philosophy and theology, and a worker in ministry— often as a teacher at a Jesuit high school. For American Jesuits, this extended period usually leads to enrollment as a scholastic at either STM or the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, to study for a professional ministry degree, known as the “M.Div.,” for master of divinity, before ordination to the priesthood. A scholastic will work concurrently toward another degree, usually the licentiate in sacred theology, focusing on research in a subject area such as Scripture or theological ethics. After further graduate study or active ministry, training concludes with up to a year in “tertianship,” practicing reflection combined with ministry among the poor. And this brings the Jesuit to final vows and full membership in the Society of Jesus, a journey of roughly a dozen years. STM is a professional school, like Boston College’s law and social work schools. Specifically, it is a divinity school—analogous to its Protestant counterparts at
places such as Harvard and Yale—and distinctive as the only Catholic divinity school in the United States situated within a significant research university. This allows STM to provide “a rigorous overview of the Catholic intellectual tradition” joined to an intensive training in the “best practices” of pastoral ministry, says Dean Mark Massa, S.J., whose own research field is American Catholic history. “One of the challenges for younger Jesuits is how to master the tradition in an appreciative and critical way,” he adds. Because it is sited within a university, STM offers a range of resources for meeting those challenges, says Massa. In addition to partaking in the school’s degree programs, students can avail themselves of offerings across the liberal arts, sciences, and the professions. Through the Boston Theological Institute, STM students can also take courses at Harvard Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological School, Hebrew College, and other institutions. Additionally, says Massa, the University offers many opportunities for pastoral work through campus ministries. As members of a graduate community in which lay students predominate, even in classes in such subjects as preaching, Jesuit scholastics at Boston College prepare themselves for American Catholicism’s future— which, the dean adds, will depend in no small part on lay ministers. “You have to be able to appreciate the gifts that lay people bring, gifts you may not have,” he observes. What follows are profiles of five STM scholastics training for Jesuit life in the 21st century.
Powell, with Gasson Hall in background
Mario M. Powell, S.J.
n a sunny day in October of his senior year at Boston College, Mario Powell borrowed a friend’s car and drove to Boston’s South End. He arrived, unannounced, at
the front door of what was then the New England Province of Jesuits (since moved to Watertown). He pressed the intercom button and heard a secretary’s voice: “Who are you here to see?” He replied, “I think I’m being called to be a Jesuit.” She buzzed him in. Three months after graduation, in May 2003, he was a Jesuit. Powell was born in Arkansas into an extended family of Southern Baptists. He moved with his family to Hawaii and then, when he was in eighth grade, to Los Angeles, where his parents enrolled him in a K–8 Catholic school. That year, he stunned his family by announcing he was converting to Catholicism. Soon after, he was introduced to the Jesuits at Loyola High School. Powell began wrestling with thoughts of a priestly vocation during his sophomore year at Boston College. A history major, he won the 2001 Amanda V. Houston Fellowship, named for the University’s first Black Studies Program director, which supports a summer of travel and research for an undergraduate of African descent. He chose to go to St. Louis to study the impact of inner-city Catholic education on students and families. The project made him think more about a life
of service to the faith. But he continued to wrestle with the idea of priestly ministry. In fact, Powell recalls, he became “afraid of the question” of a vocation and kept telling himself, “I can’t do this. I can’t do what God is calling me to do.” During his junior year, he confided in Robert Barth, S.J., literature professor and former Arts & Sciences dean. Barth, who died in 2005, told Powell he was sure that, for the time being, God wanted him to be happy as an undergraduate student. “It was the best advice I could have gotten,” he says. “I decided to be a normal Boston College student, but to be more intentional about my faith life.” He attended daily Mass and volunteered for many service projects. At the beginning of his senior year, Powell became involved in a small vocational discernment group led by University President William P. Leahy, S.J. “That’s when I got up the courage to go down to Provincial headquarters,” he recalls. Powell notes that during a Jesuit’s formation, the order “throws at you what Jesuits have done” in various ministries “to see what sticks.” What has stuck with him so far are his three years at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, teaching history and theology, before returning to 5
Boston College in August 2011 for his STM studies. “I really didn’t want to teach high school,” Powell says, then laughs and adds quickly, “I went there and absolutely loved it.” He explains that he found himself drawn to the “earnestness and honesty” of high school boys and girls who don’t mind telling a teacher that the lecture they just listened to was uninspiring. “And you could see them forming as young men and women from year to year. It’s amazing to see how they grow, learn, mature.” Powell adds, “I would in a heartbeat go back to a Jesuit high school.” For now, Powell is back at Boston College, “the place where I said yes to God.” He expects to receive his master of divinity in May 2013. Soon after that he will be ordained, before spending a third year at STM advancing toward his licentiate in sacred theology. In addition to his studies, Powell is lending a hand with ministries on campus. When he gets a chance, he takes a moment to sit on a bench on Linden Lane dedicated to the memory of Fr. Barth and reflect. Being at Boston College, home to more than 150 Jesuits, Powell says, “You kind of see the society in the grand arc of our lives. You could see that played out on campus. You could see yourself in 40 years by looking at the older men on campus.” He adds, “And I love what I see.”
Alejandro Olayo-Méndez, S.J.
ver the past three years, Alejandro Olayo-Méndez’s theological training has owed much to STM but also to the
University and to Greater Boston’s higher-education hub.
He regularly dashed from STM on Boston College’s Brighton Campus across Commonwealth Avenue to the main campus for classes in Catholic social teaching with the renowned theological ethicist David Hollenbach, S.J., of the University’s theology department. He crossed the Charles River equally often for graduate courses at Harvard Divinity School with professors who included anthropologist David Carrasco, an internationally recognized authority on religion and migration in the Americas. In May 2012, Olayo-Méndez defended his dissertation, “Expanding Horizons: Migration and Theological Virtues,” in front of his STM thesis director Ernesto Valiente, a theologian whose research areas involve Christology and Latin American liberation theology, and Carrasco. That month, he was awarded two degrees, his master of divinity as well as a licentiate in sacred theology (which required the dissertation). In August, he left for England to begin doctoral work in the Migration Studies and Development program at Oxford University. “It gives you an opportunity to stretch yourself, so you could truly create a dialogue on many issues— a conversation that’s larger than it
might have been,” Olayo-Méndez says of his course work in the wider University and at Harvard. The Jesuit also stresses the value of studying with a group of students at STM who represent 30 nations, bringing a world of religious and cultural experiences to his education. “It reminds me that the Church is bigger than what I often see, that the Church has multiple expressions, and that God has multiple faces and journeys with us in many different ways,” says Olayo-Méndez, who was ordained in May 2011. “That’s been one of the graces of this time for me at BC.” A native of Mexico City, OlayoMéndez entered the diocesan seminary in Mexico City after graduating from high school in 1988, but decided five years later that he wasn’t ready to accept the call to ordination. He left the seminary, earned a communications degree from a local Jesuit college in 1999, then worked for three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mexico City. In 2002, he volunteered as a humanrights advocate for indigenous people in southeastern Mexico, where he met Jesuits from Oregon. That year, he joined their province. Olayo-Méndez views global migration studies through the medium 6
of faith. His licentiate thesis aims to fill a scholarship gap in the field. It examines not just the experiences of solitary migrants but of others they encountered on their journeys, including those who “help or abuse” migrants, and communities such as parishes that may or may not welcome them, he explains in the paper. Theologically, Olayo-Méndez frames the discussion with the virtues of faith, hope, and charity—“God’s gracious response to sin in a world in which people are all too often forced to move away from their homes in search of better living conditions,” he writes. For three years before coming to Boston College in 2009, OlayoMéndez worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Colombia, India, and Sri Lanka. In the summer of 2012, he led a five-week “immersion experience” for 10 young Jesuits from the United States and Mexico. Setting out from Honduras in mid-June, they traveled in buses and rented cars, sleeping in church basements and overnight shelters. They met with migrants on the move, with parishioners, with humanitarian workers, and others along a not-sosolitary trail to El Paso, Texas.
Olayo-MĂŠndez by the Higgins Stairs
Care of the soul
Sawyer outside Higgins Hall
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
ince late January, thousands of Internet users have clicked daily on The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.org), a social media website for the Facebook generation “about Jesus, politics,
and pop culture; the Catholic Church, sports, and Socrates” that makes a case for God in a secular age. With blog posts, essays, a Twitter feed, and articles with headlines like “Contemplation After Gaga” and “Crowdsourcing the Saints,” the Post is not an official venture of the Society of Jesus. It was crafted and launched by four Jesuit scholastics, including the School of Theology and Ministry’s Sam Sawyer, a contributor and assistant editor who manages the site from a laptop he carries around with him on the Brighton campus. Sawyer says that he and the other three Jesuits—who are students at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California—are seeking out young adults who are “hard to reach through traditional modes” such as parishes and diocesan newspapers. During their concurrent years of formation, he says, the four have asked one another repeatedly: “How does the Church address itself to a contemporary culture that is no longer in contact with the institutional forms we’ve grown up with?” The short answer involves creating social media and new platforms by, for, and about young Jesuits who are in that culture, though not entirely of it. A native of Scranton, Pennsylva-
nia, Sawyer found his own spiritual path through a decidedly low-tech medium: a public lecture in Boston College’s Higgins Hall. He was a second-semester freshman majoring in computer science in the spring of 1997, when Jesuit theologian Howard Gray spoke there about St. Ignatius and the early Jesuits, how they “bonded around a shared desire to care for souls,” Sawyer recalls. The words struck him dramatically. “That’s the name for what I wanted to do—help souls,” he remembers thinking. He was, however, sitting next to his girlfriend at the time. “I spent the next six months trying to pretend nothing happened in Higgins.” While ducking the vocational question, Sawyer threw himself into Boston College’s faith life. He went on Ignatian retreats. Together with six other undergraduates, he helped launch Kairos, still a thriving Boston College retreat program. After graduating in 2000, he taught for a year as a volunteer at a Jesuit middle school in Baltimore. Then he worked for three years as a software engineer on satellite communications and missile-defense radar projects at Raytheon in Boston. But along the way, Sawyer stopped “trying to pretend” and embraced his 9
Jesuit vocation. He joined the Maryland Province in August 2004. For two years before beginning his studies at STM in the fall of 2011, Sawyer taught introductory philosophy courses in the core curriculum at Loyola University Maryland. It was a defining part of his Jesuit formation. Teaching “at the heart of the curriculum,” he says, a professor can help students connect the classics to their lives and puzzle out their place in the universe. That’s what he did as an undergraduate in the A&S Honors Program: “It taught me you could be robustly Catholic without leaving your brain at the door.” Now, Sawyer is setting his sights on a lifelong ministry in higher education. He plans to receive his master of divinity degree and his licentiate in sacred theology in 2014 and will also be ordained at that time. Then he will begin doctoral studies, probably in philosophy. And he plans to continue asking the kinds of questions that engendered The Jesuit Post: “How do we evangelize our nominally Catholic undergrads? What should our outreach look like in the classroom?” He added, “Boston College has been in the vanguard of wrestling with these questions.”
Michael Rozier, S.J.
ichael Rozier recalls the random event that set him on his path to ministry. It was in November 1999—his freshman year at St. Louis University, a Jesuit institution.
A fellow student holding a clipboard walked up to him and asked, “Are you going to Fort Benning, Georgia?” Rozier, who grew up in a small Missouri town and was a premed student at St. Louis, had no idea what the young woman was talking about. But, he says, “I had a crush on the girl,” and he soon joined a group of 250 students traveling to a protest at Fort Benning’s School of the Americas, a controversial U.S. military facility that has trained thousands of Latin American military officers, some of whom were implicated in charges of human rights violations. “I’m not a protest guy,” Rozier says. “I’m the kind of guy who likes to work within the system for change. This was an aberration for me.” But in preparing for the protest, he learned about the six Jesuit faculty and staff members at El Salvador’s University of Central America who were assassinated in November 1989 along with their housekeeper and her daughter. The Salvadoran officers responsible for the massacre were trained at Fort Benning, according to independent congressional and United Nations investigations of the murders. The six Jesuit scholars and activ-
ists “chose to cast their lot with the poor, even if it killed them,” says Rozier. “I had never had anything in my life that compelling—that I would do to the point of death.” He remembers saying to himself, “There must be something to this [Jesuit] life, if men so talented, so gifted, are willing to live like this.” Rozier joined thousands of others from around the country to form a funeral-like procession to the gates of Fort Benning, demanding that the school shut down. They carried large white wooden crosses bearing the names of the slain. The annual protest continues today, drawing several thousand, including busloads of St. Louis University students, to the marches. After the Fort Benning experience, Rozier learned more about the Society of Jesus, especially from Jesuits on campus. He began to feel a call to that life, most intensely at Mass. But he was also deeply torn by those feelings, to such a degree that he stopped going to Mass for about a year between his sophomore and junior years. “I wanted to go to medical school,” he says, amused as he recalls his thought processes as a 20-year-old. “I thought that if I cut 10
this [Mass] out of my life, maybe God would leave me alone and let me be a doctor.” The plan didn’t work. Rozier resumed going to Mass and entered the Missouri Jesuit Province shortly after graduating in 2003. “I fell in love with the life, and I never looked back.” During his nine years as a Jesuit, Rozier has carved out a niche in public health. He picked up a master’s degree in the field at Johns Hopkins University and spent six months in Geneva working for the World Health Organization before returning to St. Louis University in November 2008. There, he taught public health ethics for two-and-a-half years and launched a new bachelor of science program in public health. In August 2011, he arrived at STM. “These three years are really about growing in my understanding of what it means to be a good Jesuit priest and how to integrate the pieces of my life” that include being a priest and a public health professional, he says. Rozier plans to incorporate public health into his academic work toward a licentiate in sacred theology under the direction of New Testament Professor Thomas Stegman, S.J. He expects to receive that degree along with his master of divinity in May 2014 and to be ordained shortly afterward.
Rozier in the Oâ€™Neill Library atrium
Zipple in the quad
Jeremy Zipple, S.J.
uring his Jesuit formation, Jeremy Zipple has observed the world through the eyes of faith and the lens of a camera.
He points out that Jesuits seek to find God in all things, and
he has conducted this search in part by making feature-length documentaries for PBS and National Geographic Television. Sometimes the films lend easily to spiritual contemplation, as with Zipple’s 2006 feature film, Xavier: Missionary & Saint. Sometimes not, as in his 2009 documentary, Rat Attack, about a plague of black rats that overrun the bamboo forests of northeastern India every 48 years. The Mississippi native has been shooting documentaries since high school. But he is certain he wouldn’t be a Jesuit if he hadn’t visited Chestnut Hill, almost on a whim, during the summer of 1995 before his high school senior year. At the time, he was in Boston for a college tour, and Boston College wasn’t on the list. But his father nudged him toward the Heights, and the young man took an immediate liking to the place. He applied and was invited to participate in the University’s highly selective Presidential Scholars Program, which covers the full cost of tuition for four years as well as summer programs. During a dinner at Boston College for prospective Presidential Scholars, Zipple found himself at a table with William Neenan, S.J., vice president and special assistant to the president. “He sealed the deal. I had no category
for a person like this—a priest, an economist, witty, with a wide breadth of knowledge and a taste for literature,” says Zipple, who knew no Jesuits and very few fellow Catholics while growing up in southern Mississippi. He recalls thinking, “Wow! Who are these Jesuits? I felt like I could learn a lot from these guys.” Zipple went on to major in economics and music, graduating from Boston College in 2000. He then taught math and music at a K–8 Catholic school in New Jersey, served as codirector of a contemporary liturgical choir, and studied philosophy at Fordham University. In 2002, he entered the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus. Zipple points out that he had an “untraditional regency experience,” referring to the three years Jesuits normally spend in ministry before resuming studies in theology. He spent that time (2007–10) as a writer, producer, and director for National Geographic Television in Washington, D.C., where he coproduced not only Rat Attack but Quest for Solomon’s Mines, about treasure seekers who, inspired by the Bible’s account of King Solomon’s riches, search for evidence of splendid temples and glittering palaces yet to be found. He returned to Boston College in 13
August 2010 for his divinity studies at the School of Theology and Ministry. Zipple likes the fact that Jesuits are a minority at STM. “We’re a big contingent, for sure,” he says, “but we’re outnumbered by lay students. We’re in close contact with women, which usually doesn’t happen at a seminary. We’re training to be priests of the Church for the people of God, privileged to be challenged by lay men and women. I think I’ll be a better priest as a result—much more plugged into the lives of real people— because of my time here.” In addition to his course work in Scripture, Eucharistic theology, preaching, and other subjects, Zipple has renewed his ties to the Chestnut Hill campus. He mentors Presidential Scholars as well as students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, among other ministries. Zipple continues to look at the world through his camera lens. He directed, wrote, and produced his latest film, Quest for the Lost Maya, based on new archaeological findings about a forgotten Mayan society in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It aired on public television nationwide in March. He expects to complete his master of divinity in May 2013, at which time he will be ordained. After that, Zipple plans to stay on at STM for his licentiate in sacred theology. Perhaps, he says, he will focus on the history of American Catholicism—“and hopefully get a film out of that, too.”
A hub for Jesuit thinking international studies
tanislaus Alla, S.J., a doctoral candidate in theology from southern India, is writing a dissertation that places Catholic and Hindu bioethics in a comparative light. In the course
of compiling such a systematic treatment, he has faced what would seem to be an imposing task: “We don’t have a Hindu bioethics,” he says matter-of-factly, sitting on a bench beside Bapst Library, across from St. Mary’s Hall, the Jesuit residence at Boston College. “I’m building it [a Hindu theology of medical ethics] so I can compare the two.” Willy Moka-Mubelo, S.J., comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a central African nation
racked by civil war (being fought largely over control of natural resources). His country is a fixture on the international human rights radar screen, which has recently detected violations including a marred national election and child rape by state security forces. Moka has made human rights his dissertation topic in philosophy at Boston College, where he also teaches undergraduate courses. But the struggles endemic to his country 14
of origin have spurred him to investigate a more profound and troubling question: “What is the relevance of the language of human rights in a context where there is no rule of law?” Alla and Moka are part of an international contingent of young Jesuit priests at Boston College, here for doctoral studies in an array of academic disciplines. They are among 12 such Jesuits engaged in these pursuits and in residence at St. Mary’s. Their places of origin range from Malta and China to Bolivia and Burundi; their areas of study include education, counseling, fine arts, and
(standing, from left) Jesuit Community Rector T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., with Stanislaus Alla, S.J., and Willy Moka, S.J., in Saint Mary’s Hall
sociology as well as philosophy and theology. (Another two dozen international Jesuits are enrolled at the School of Theology and Ministry on the Brighton campus; they typically pursue ecclesiastical degrees in theology and live in a Jesuit community adjacent to that campus.) At one time, Catholic colleges and universities in Rome, Paris, and Louvain, Belgium, were the prime destinations for Jesuits going abroad for graduate study; few came to Boston College. That has changed significantly in the past decade or so, says T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., rector of the Boston College Jesuit community. “Boston College has become one of the leading global centers of graduate education for young Jesuits,” rivaling Louvain and Paris, Kennedy points out. This, he adds, reflects the University’s “reputation as a preeminent center of Jesuit liberal arts education,” which has become known to potential students, including Jesuits, around the world. Educating the laity has been a critical part of the Jesuit mission since the Society opened its first school in Sicily in 1547, Kennedy observes. As he sees it, the Jesuits’ doctoral work at Boston College helps “carry on the educational mission of the Society.” Asked why he came to Boston College, Alla, who arrived here in 2006 with a Flatley Fellowship for graduate theological study, replies, “It’s a hub of the Jesuit cross-pollination of ideas and insights.” He speaks
as a Jesuit from India, a thriving domain of the Society of Jesus; more than a third of the Jesuits in formation worldwide are members of Jesuit provinces in that country. But, he says, pointing toward St. Mary’s Hall from across Linden Lane, “This building has more Jesuit wisdom in the world than any other perhaps.” He refers mainly to theological knowledge and internationally prominent experts in that discipline such as James Keenan, David Hollenbach, and Francis Sullivan—all members of the University Jesuit community. The directors of his dissertation are Keenan and a Jesuit at Harvard Divinity School, Francis X. Clooney, who teaches comparative theology. Alla’s field research has taken him to Catholic and Hindu hospitals in India to examine how the institutions treat patients from the lower castes, how families come together to make decisions about treatment, and other medical concerns. He has also adapted Hindu concepts such as dharma (usually translated as “to hold together”) to develop an ethic of social responsibility in health care. “My purpose is to help foster interreligious learning in India for the mutual enrichment of the two ethical worlds,” Christian and Hindu, says Alla. “That will be an area of my lifetime project.” He plans to wrap up his dissertation during the fall of 2012 and return to the Vidyajyoti (“Light of Knowledge”) College of Theology in Delhi, where he previously taught moral theology
to undergraduates. For his part, Moka, entering his third year of doctoral study, expects to receive his Ph.D. in 2015. At that point he will return to teach philosophy to Jesuit scholastics in central Africa, where he may also emerge as a public intellectual amid the region’s evolving political scene. “You need structures for human rights to become a reality. And that’s not the case for many of our African countries,” he observes, referring to institutions such as an independent judiciary and nongovernmental “civil society” organizations. In addition to their studies, the international Jesuits also minister pastorally either on campus or in local parishes. “I’m first a Jesuit, and then a professor and someone who does research,” Moka says. “I don’t need to neglect the priestly aspect of my life.” Educating international Jesuits is not without its challenges, as Kennedy notes. For one thing, since 9/11 it has become harder to secure American visas for the men. “Some have a tough time getting back” into the United States after a visit home, he says. That aside, Kennedy uses a Latin phrase coined by Virgil to describe all of the Jesuits studying at Boston College—spes gregis, “the hope of the flock.” He explains, “We’re trying to form men to go out and take the places of those who went ahead of them.”
from the chair
t is my pleasure to share with you the University’s Annual Report for 2011–12, titled Becoming a Jesuit: Five Lives at Boston
College’s School of Theology and Ministry. This report focuses on Boston College’s role in educating the next generation of Jesuits for ministries in the contemporary Catholic Church and on the University’s emergence as an international center for Jesuit graduate education.
Its profiles of five Jesuit scholastics currently studying at the School of Theology and Ministry, along with an overview of the experiences of Jesuit priests from around the world who are pursuing graduate studies at Boston College, illustrate some of the strategic directions that inspire the University’s $1.5 billion Light the World capital campaign. Boston College aims to be an intellectual and cultural crossroads of Jesuit, Catholic life, on a path to becoming the world’s leading Catholic university and theological center. In my first year as chair of the Board of Trustees, I am exceedingly proud of Boston College and of the faculty, administration, and students who continuously pursue excellence in higher education, service to others, and accomplishments in the world. I am grateful for all that you do.
Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC ’71 Chair Boston College Board of Trustees
year in review ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
tion at number 18. The Carroll School full-time MBA program ranked number 37 overall; its part-time MBA program ranked 28th nationally. Boston College Law School ranked 29th nationally.
The University conferred 2,327 undergraduate and 1,923 advanced degrees including 146 doctorates, 260 J.D.s, and 27 canonical degrees. Award-winning television journalist Bob Woodruff spoke at the 136th Commencement, where he received an honorary doctorate in humane letters. Joseph A. Appleyard, S.J. ’53, a former member of the English faculty, director of the A&S Honors Program, and founding vice president for mission and ministry; William V. “Bill” Campbell, chairman of Intuit, Inc.; Navyn A. Salem ’94, founder of Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, which manufactures innovative foods to treat and prevent childhood malnutrition; and Liz Walker, an award-winning former TV news anchor and founder of the Walker Group, an international social service organization, also received honorary doctorates. Victoria Kennedy, president of the board of trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, addressed graduates of the Law School on May 25.
In addition, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Carroll School of Management’s undergraduate program ninth best in the nation. And Boston College placed 26th in Forbes magazine’s annual list of “America’s Top Colleges,” released in August. Communication was the most popular major for the fourth consecutive year (916), followed by economics (847) and biology (827). International studies was the most popular minor (195), followed by Hispanic studies (124). The Lynch School enrolled the largest number of graduate students with 1,003, followed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (864), the Carroll School (839), and Law (791).
Twelve seniors and four recent graduates received Fulbright Fellowships, which fund a year of international postgraduate study. Nine students were awarded Gilman Scholarships for study-abroad programs, and three students received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for intensive language study abroad.
In a March 29, 2012, letter to the Boston College community, President William P. Leahy, S.J., pointed to a cluster of signal academic improvements between 2006 and 2011: the University’s U.S. News ranking rose from 40th to 31st; SAT scores of incoming students increased 31 points, to 2014; and undergraduates identifying themselves as AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) rose from 25 percent to 28 percent. In addition, Leahy noted, sponsored research grants [ from federal sources] grew from $31.5 million to $46 million, an increase of 46 percent, during the same period.
Boston College retained its number 31 position—its highest to date—in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 rankings of American universities. The University rose to number 39 in the magazine’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. The Carroll School of Management was ranked 24th in the roster of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.”
The University received a record 34,050 applications (3.3 percent more than the previous year) for 2,270 seats in the entering class of 2016. Applications increased among early action (6 percent), AHANA (4 percent), and international student (23 percent) candidates. The College of Arts and Sciences set a new enrollment record with 6,153 students.
The Graduate School of Social Work achieved Boston College’s best-ever ranking: number 10 in the U.S. News & World Report tally of social work schools, released in March. The Lynch School of Education retained its place among the top 20 schools of educa17
The Graduate School of Social Work celebrated its 75th anniversary. The school also established a Center for Social Innovation (dedicated to promoting social justice) and the Immigrant Integration Lab, an applied research center.
Best-selling novelist Colum McCann, author of the internationally lauded Let the Great World Spin, gave the keynote speech at the University’s eighth annual First Year Academic Convocation. Columbia University physicist Brian Greene, New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, and University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan were the featured speakers at “Science in the Liberal Arts University: Why It Matters to Us All,” an all-day October 29 symposium sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts. Earlier that month, the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy hosted a two-day conference, “Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Constitutional Tensions and Accommodations.”
The Carroll School began to offer a minor in management and leadership to nonbusiness majors studying in the College of Arts and Sciences. The school launched its 19th dual-degree program: a joint MBA and master’s degree program in urban and environmental policy and planning offered by Boston College and Tufts University. Prudential Financial became the sponsor of the Boston College National Retirement Risk Index, which is produced by the Carroll School’s Center for Retirement Research. Thaly Germain, a former school principal and an executive director of the national nonprofit New Leaders, was named director of the Lynch Leadership Academy, a one-year development program for earlyand mid-career principals from Boston’s public, Catholic, and charter schools, run by the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded $1 million to the Lynch School of Education for its Leaders in Urban Education Fellowship, which supports master’s degree students who agree to work with economically disadvantaged children in city schools. President Leahy, the Lynch School, and the city of Newton announced that the University will provide local public schools with $300,000 worth of computer upgrades and education-related technology over the next three years.
Karen H. Morin, president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national nursing honor society, gave the fall Pinnacle lecture, “Lessons Learned: Leadership in a Global World.” American Nurses Association President Karen Daley, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’10, delivered the spring Pinnacle lecture, “Leading the Charge: A Nursing Agenda in the Age of Health Care Reform.” Margaret H. Marshall, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, discussed the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta—a version of which was on display at the McMullen Museum—in a lecture cosponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and the McMullen. The eighth annual Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities fall symposium, “Cyberspace and Civic Space,” which explored the political, social, and cultural impacts of the Internet on democracy, drew a crowd of some 300 to Robsham Theater on November 19.
Rev. James P. Burns, director of faculty outreach and program assessment for University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, was named interim dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies, overseeing a school that had been directed since 1968 by its namesake, James Woods, S.J., who retired after 44 years. Students, friends, fellow faculty, and administrators gathered at Conte Forum April 17 to celebrate Woods’s career and contributions.
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe moderated “Are Mormons the New Catholics and Jews? Mitt Romney and the Political State of the Union,” a panel discussion with Kristine Haglund, editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and Stephen 18
Prothero, Boston University professor of religion, at the School of Theology and Ministry’s inaugural Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture in March.
or as war correspondents during World War II. Theology Professor Roberto S. Goizueta was named winner of the 2012 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence.
The earth and environmental sciences department honored longtime faculty member James Skehan, S.J., unveiling a bust of the noted geologist and author on April 25, his 89th birthday.
English department Chair Suzanne Matson won a 2012 Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts for a work of fiction in progress. Lynch School Assistant Professor Katherine McNeill won an Early Career Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.
FACULTY RESEARCH AND AWARDS Assistant professors Liane Young (Psychology), Dunwei Wang (Chemistry), Michelle Meyer (Biology), and Ying Ran (Physics) won prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships, which are awarded to the nation’s best young scientists and scholars in recognition of their early career achievements.
James Lubben, the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and director of the Institute on Aging, was among the first fellows named by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College was awarded a $2.7 million Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to research productivity in an age-diverse workforce; it was the research center’s third multimillion dollar grant since 2005.
The National Institute of Nursing Research named Connell School of Nursing (CSON) Dean Susan Gennaro to its National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, the institute’s principal advisory board. Assistant Professor J. Elisenda Grigsby of the mathematics department received a National Science Foundation Career Award to further her work in topology.
Carroll School Professor Michael G. Pratt, who directs the doctoral program in organizational studies, was named the first O’Connor Family Professor. Biology Chair Thomas Chiles, who is part of a team of campus scientists developing biomarkers that track cancerous cells, was named the DeLuca Professor of Biology. Philosophy department Chair Arthur Madigan, S.J., was appointed the Albert J. Fitzgibbons Chair in Philosophy.
The Faculty of 1000, a research library service, recognized biology Professor Ken Williams’s research on molecular markers for HIV activity as among the top biological and medical research projects in the world. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Eranthie Weerapana received a three-year, $300,000 Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research and a $450,000 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award to support her research. Led by Zhifeng Ren, Boston College physicists discovered two previously overlooked stages of carbon nanotube growth.
Promoted to full professor were Kevin Ohi (English), Prasannan Parthasarathi (History), Benjamin Howard (Mathematics), Franco Mormando (Romance Languages and Literatures), Ourida Mostefai (Romance Languages and Literatures), Catherine Cornille (Theology), Ruth Langer (Theology), and Kathleen Seiders (Marketing, Carroll School of Management). Faculty members promoted to associate professor with tenure were Dunwei Wang (Chemistry), Cyril Opeil, S.J. (Physics), Owen Stanwood (History), Gerald Kane (Information Systems, CSOM), Gergana Nenkov (Marketing, CSOM),
Maxim Shrayer, professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, received a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship to support his work on responses to the Holocaust among Jewish-Russian poets serving in the Soviet armed forces 19
boston college vice presidents (standing, from left) James P. McIntyre, Senior Vice President; John Butler, S.J., Vice President for University Mission and Ministry; Mary Lou DeLong, Vice President and University Secretary; Patrick J. Keating, Executive Vice President; Thomas P. Lockerby, Vice President for Development; Michael J. Bourque, Vice President for Information Technology; Thomas J. Keady, Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs; Patrick H. Rombalski, Vice President for Student Affairs; Daniel F. Bourque, Vice President for Facilities Management; James J. Husson, Senior Vice President for University Advancement; (seated) William B. Neenan, S.J., Vice President, Special Assistant to the President; Peter C. McKenzie, Financial Vice President and Treasurer; Cutberto Garza, Provost and Dean of Faculties; Leo V. Sullivan, Vice President for Human Resources.
Linda Salisbury (Marketing, CSOM), Katherine Gregory (CSON), Brian Galle (Law), Katherine McNeill (LSOE), Patrick Proctor (LSOE), Stephanie Berzin (GSSW), and Nancy Pineda-Madrid (STM). In addition, Associate Professor of History Julian Bourg was granted tenure.
parishes in the United States. Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino, director of Hispanic ministry programs at the school, is leading the survey. The Weston Jesuit department became the Ecclesiastical Faculty at the School of Theology and Ministry. Jane E. Regan is the new director of continuing education at the school. Fourteen parishes in the San Francisco Bay Area offered “Forward in Faith: Educational Enrichment for the Thinking Catholic,” a pilot catechetical program based on lectures and discussion topics developed by the School of Theology and Ministry, and sponsored by the
JESUIT, CATHOLIC MISSION The School of Theology and Ministry (STM) received a $200,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to undertake what is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive study of Hispanic ministry in Catholic
Church in the 21st Century Online and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
social services, respond to the question, “Is Religious Liberty Under Threat in America?” at a Church in the 21st Century Center panel discussion.
The STM launched Lumen et Vita (“Light and Life”), an online journal showcasing student research and book reviews.
Boston College was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions that demonstrate a commitment to exemplary community service. President Leahy was among nine Catholic leaders in education cited by the White House for service to their institutions or communities.
Erik Goldschmidt, executive vice president of Washington, D.C.’s Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, became director of the Church in the 21st Century Center in January. Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, delivered the fourth STM Anniversary Lecture, “Beyond Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century,” on October 4, 2011.
STUDENT LIFE Healthapalooza, a kick-off event for the new Office of Health Promotion, drew approximately 2,000 students to O’Neill Plaza October 5 for yoga and exercise demonstrations, chair massages, and food tastings, among other health-boosting activities. More than a dozen campus offices and organizations, from Athletics to University Mission and Ministry, organized the event.
William V. D’Antonio, a fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America; Mary Gautier, senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University; and Michele Dillon, chair of the sociology department at the University of New Hampshire, joined Boston College theologians Lisa Sowle Cahill and Hosffman Ospino at a conference organized by the Church in the 21st Century Center to analyze and comment on data from “Catholics in America: Persistence and Change,” the fifth in a series of surveys tracking U.S. Catholic beliefs, practices, and demographics. Noted Canadian philosopher and author Charles Taylor lectured on “The Evolution of Secularism” and discussed “Revitalizing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” with Rev. Robert Imbelli of the theology department during a two-day visit to Boston College sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center, the philosophy department, and the Alumni Association in November.
The Division of Student Affairs established Pathways, a pilot residential life program for first-year students that aims to foster formation and closer relationships among students, resident assistants, and faculty. Guided by 110 leaders from the sophomore and senior classes, some 1,100 freshmen took part in “48 Hours” weekends to reflect on their college experience and ways of taking advantage of the University’s intellectual, social, and spiritual resources in order to enhance it. The Volunteer and Service Learning Center launched the First Year Service Program, a pilot project in which students volunteer with other first-year students weekly or monthly at Boston-area Catholic schools, homeless shelters, and other nonprofit organizations.
A near-capacity crowd turned out at Robsham Theater April 18 to hear Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau, University of Notre Dame Professor of Law and Theology M. Cathleen Kaveny, and J. Bryan Hehir, the Archdiocese of Boston’s secretary for health and
Some 500 students spent spring break on volunteer missions to poor and marginalized communities in 11 states across the country, part of the student-led Appalachia Volunteers Program, one of the University’s oldest and largest service organizations. According to the University’s 21
government affairs office, Boston College students spend more than 375,000 hours doing volunteer work each year.
and Healing, which was on exhibit in March and April. Boston College ranks 7th among “medium-size” colleges and universities in the 2012 survey of top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools. At the time the survey was taken, 39 Boston College undergraduate alumni were serving overseas. Since the agency was founded in 1961, 737 Boston College alumni have served in the Peace Corps.
Running under the tagline “Because YOU matter,” juniors Chris Osanto and Kudzai Taziva were elected UGBC president and vice president, respectively. Sandra Dickson ’13 accepted the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship at the 30th annual scholarship ceremony February 10. Malika Weekes ’13 was also nominated for the King scholarship. It was the first time two CSON students were chosen as finalists.
Boston College’s Dining Services placed seventh in the Daily Beast’s 2011 Best College Foods survey.
Rui Soares ’13, a premed student and the director of the 4Boston volunteer program, received the annual Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship March 31.
ARTS The Robsham Theater Arts Center raised the curtain on its 30th anniversary season October 26 with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, directed by Paul Daigneault ’87, Monan Professor in Theater Arts 2011–12. A “Bollywood” adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by faculty member Luke Jorgensen, which ran during the Boston College Arts Festival April 26–29, closed the anniversary year. John Bell, a prominent puppeteer, scholar, and teacher who began his career with Bread and Puppet Theater, was named the Monan Professor in Theater for 2012–13.
Approximately 275 members of the Class of 2013, who graduate in Boston College’s sesquicentennial year, joined 90 faculty for an evening at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston that included tours, dinner, and a talk on the subject of conversation, “The Essence of a University,” by Fr. Michael Himes. The event was part of an ongoing celebration of the class’s benchmark 150th status. Performing a medley of “Next to You” and “Don’t Matter” in front of a panel of judges from the Jesuit community and some 350 audience members, Ricky ScheiberCamoretti and Julianne Quaas, A&S ’15, took the top award of $350 in the eighth annual BC Idol competition on February 16. The event raised $3,500 to help support music lessons and instrument purchases at the St. Columbkille Partnership School, a Catholic elementary school in Brighton operated in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston College.
From September 4 through December 11, the McMullen Museum of Art presented the North American debut of Making History: Antiquaries in Britain, an exhibition that showcased treasures from the 300-year-old Society of Antiquaries of London, including manuscripts of the Magna Carta from 1225 and the Winton Domesday Book. The McMullen’s spring exhibition, Rural Ireland: The Inside Story, a visual exploration of how Irish country people worshipped, mourned, educated, and entertained themselves, ran from February 11 through June 3.
More than 1,400 students participated in the fifth annual Relay for Life, a two-day walking relay in the Flynn Recreation Complex on February 24 that raised funds for cancer research. The student-led Prison Ministry Initiative organized a special exhibition of prisoners’ art, Seeing the Man: Art from Behind Bars, A Vision of Restorative Justice
Novelist Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (which won both a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize), delivered a Lowell Lecture and met with student writers, faculty, and staff during a three-day campus residency in February. 22
boston college deans (standing, from left) Thomas B. Wall, University Librarian; Susan Gennaro, Connell School of Nursing; Andrew C. Boynton, Carroll School of Management; Alberto Godenzi, Graduate School of Social Work; Mark S. Massa, S.J., School of Theology and Ministry; (seated) Maureen Kenny, Interim Dean, Lynch School of Education; David Quigley, College of Arts and Sciences; Vincent D. Rougeau, Boston College Law School. (Not photographed: James A. Woods, S.J., Woods College of Advancing Studies.)
Tony Taccone ’72, the artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, who commissioned Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning Angels in America and codirected its world premiere, received the Alumni Arts Award at the 14th annual Arts Festival in April.
NCAA championship with a 4–1 victory over Ferris State University on April 7 in Tampa, Florida. It was Boston College’s fifth championship overall, and its third in five successive seasons. The national title was head coach Jerry York’s fifth, and his fourth with Boston College.
English Professor Paul Lewis and students in his fall semester course, Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History, researched, created, and mounted an exhibition of the same name that was on display at the Boston Public Library March 28–July 30, 2012.
The women’s ice hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four for the second year in a row but fell to defending champion Wisconsin 6–2. Senior sailor and four-time All-American Annie Haeger won her third ICSA Singlehanded National Championship in Chicago on November 6. Haeger also won the Nathaniel J. Hasenfus ’22 Eagle of the Year Award, given to one male and one female senior student-
ATHLETICS The Boston College men’s ice hockey team won the
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (standing, from left) Stephen P. Murray, Marianne D. Short, R. Michael Murray Jr., John L. LaMattina, William J. Geary, T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Susan Martinelli Shea, John M. Connors Jr., Robert J. Morrissey; (seated) William P. Leahy, S.J., Kathleen M. McGillycuddy, John F. Fish.
athlete who are outstanding citizens, leaders, scholars, and athletes. Men’s hockey captain Tommy Cross was the other winner.
The Light the World campaign—Boston College’s largest and most ambitious fundraising effort—passed the $903 million mark toward its overall $1.5 billion campaign goal. At the end of the year, more than 105,000 donors had made commitments to the effort, which fuels University priorities including academic excellence, financial aid, athletics, capital projects, student formation programs, and the advancement of Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic mission.
Boston College was the most represented school in Super Bowl XLVI, with six former Eagles playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy: Mathias Kiwanuka ’05, Chris Snee ’04, Will Blackmon ’06, and Mark Herzlich ’10 for the New York Giants, and Ron Brace ’08 and Dan Koppen ’02 for the New England Patriots.
In September, the Lower Campus office building known since 2002 as 21 Campanella Way was renamed and dedicated as Maloney Hall, in honor of campaign benefactors Nancy and University trustee T.J. Maloney ’75, P’09, ’13, and three generations of their family.
Boston College tied with Duke University for second in the nation in the Graduation Success Rate among all Football Bowl Subdivision schools, with a score of 97. Only Notre Dame’s 99 was better.
The Cadigan Alumni Center, named for benefactor Patrick F. Cadigan, ’57, P’91, in gratitude for his $15 million campaign commitment, opened its doors on the Brighton Campus in March.
Reunion Weekend 2012 broke attendance records, with more than 5,300 alumni and their guests returning to the Heights.
More than 26,677 undergraduate alumni made gifts, increasing the rate of undergraduate alumni participation to 26.5 percent. A major force in driving this achievement was the BC GOLD Rush Challenge, in which graduates of the last decade raise funds toward an individual class goal—and secure rights to name a $25,000 scholarship for a deserving student. Six of the 10 most recent classes—2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011—met this challenge in 2011–12. Boston College’s newest alumni, the class of 2012, set a University record for senior class gift campaign participation, with 1,033 graduates contributing. Meanwhile, membership in the Shaw Society, which recognizes donors who make legacy gifts to Boston College, increased to more than 1,725.
MANAGEMENT The Boston College Board of Trustees approved an $862 million budget for the 2012–13 academic year, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. The budget calls for a 3.6 percent overall increase in tuition, fees, and room and board, raising tuition to $43,140. The University increased need-based undergraduate financial aid by 6.4 percent, to $90 million, bringing total financial aid to $143 million. The fiscal ’13 budget includes an additional $7 million for academic and infrastructure projects outlined in the Strategic Plan. Kathleen M. McGillycuddy, retired executive vice president of FleetBoston Financial and a 1971 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, was elected chairwoman of the board of trustees at its meeting in September. The first woman to hold that position, McGillycuddy became a trustee in 2002 and cochairs the University’s Light the World capital campaign.
Maureen O’Keefe Doran ’69 and Christopher “Kip” Doran ’68, parents of two Boston College graduates, received the William V. McKenney Award, the Alumni Association’s highest honor, for their commitment to health and medicine—he as a psychiatrist and she as a psychiatric nurse—as well as for their humanitarian efforts as recent Peace Corps volunteers in Botswana, Africa. Other honorees included innovative educator Hrag M. Hamalian ’05, who took home a GOLD Award; pro bono attorney Juan A. Arteaga ’99, who won the Ignatian Award; and Terry Fulmer, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’83, who received the William C. McInnes, S.J. ’44 Award for Professional Excellence.
The University completed the renovation of Gasson Hall, which reopened in August. The divisions of Human Resources, Finance, and Advancement relocated to the Brighton Campus from More Hall. Stokes Hall, a 183,000-square-foot humanities building, is slated to open in January 2013. The University announced plans for a 15-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, from September 2012 to December 2013. Scheduled events include academic symposia, a Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, an inaugural Founders Day celebration, a meeting of leading Catholic college presidents, and a student concert at Symphony Hall. The Boston College Sesquicentennial officially began September 15 with a 4 p.m. Mass at Fenway Park in Boston.
The Boston College Wall Street Council held its most successful annual gala to date on April 26, raising $2.2 million to support the Presidential Scholars Program. More than 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends turned out for the tribute dinner at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Mario J. Gabelli, chairman of GAMCO Investors, Inc., Boston College parent, and longtime lead supporter of the program, was awarded the President’s Medal for Excellence. 25
financial report Overview We concluded last year’s financial report by noting that “recent events in Washington, in the Middle East, in Europe, and on Wall Street point to the volatility of the economy and world events.” Unfortunately, as we reflect on the financial results of fiscal 2012 a year later, we find ourselves in very similar circumstances. Financial market volatility and uncertainty about world events continued throughout the year. At the beginning of fiscal 2012, the S&P 500 stood at 1,345; it rose to a high of 1,419 before falling back to 1,310 at year’s end. Similarly, the MSCI EAFE Growth Index stood at 1,733, fell to 1,310, and leveled off at 1,333 by the end of the year. However, by almost any other measure, fiscal 2012 was a very successful year at Boston College. Enrollments in undergraduate and graduate programs were strong, admission applications reached record levels, construction activity was robust, and faculty hires and promotions were unimpeded.
Fiscal 2012 Financial Results As noted in the “Growth in Net Assets” chart (see page 28), the University’s net assets decreased by $76 million, a 3% reduction over previous year levels. Strong fundraising results, plant asset increases, and operating expense savings were offset by a –4.2% decline in the University’s total investment portfolio performance. The primary liquidity ratio, “Expendable Resources to Debt,” decreased slightly, from 1.7 times coverage in fiscal 2011 to 1.5 times coverage in fiscal 2012 (see chart, page 28). The University’s endowment fund decreased by $132 million, to some $1.76 billion. Investment losses of $92 million, contributions of $43 million, net assets reclassified or released of $6 million, and $89 million used in support of operations drove the decrease. The portfolio return on the endowment fund was –5.3% versus the
S&P 500 return of –0.4% and the Barclay Aggregate Bond Index of 7.1%. Over the past 10 years, the endowment fund has generated an annualized return of 6.3% versus the S&P 500 return of 4.1% and the Barclay’s return of 5.7%. The University’s endowment portfolio is well diversified, with 41% in domestic and international equities, 10% invested in fixed income securities, and 49% invested in alternative strategies including absolute return funds, private equity funds, and real asset funds. The portfolio is liquid and well positioned, with more than 50% of it invested in securities that can be redeemed in 30 days or less.
Boston College was able to continue the momentum of its academic, research, and student formation programs in fiscal 2012. But our economic rollercoaster ride is likely to continue during fiscal 2013, as the presidential campaign and results of federal elections continue to dominate the news and sway market volatility. As this financial report makes clear, we are not immune to the effects of market instability. But we have become practiced and adept at managing in periods of volatility and uncertainty. Our planning processes, control systems, and procedures have been well tested, and we believe they are in good shape to help the University manage throughout these difficult times. In fiscal 2013, the administration will work hard to provide the necessary resources to continue our important mission, and maintain momentum in our academic, research, and student formation programs. Our goal continues—Ever to Excel!
Campus building projects proceeded apace in fiscal 2012. Construction of a major new academic building, Stokes Hall, continued. It is expected to be completed in October of 2012, and open for business before the start of spring semester, in January of 2013. Renovations of Gasson Hall on the Middle Campus and 129 Lake Street and 2121 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton Campus were finished. Two significant projects started in fiscal 2012—installation of new artificial turf in Alumni Stadium and reconfiguration of the plaza between O’Neill Library and Gasson Hall (replacing concrete with grass and trees)—were expected to be completed before the start of fall semester 2012. Gross plant assets increased by $106 million in fiscal 2012.
Peter C. McKenzie ’75 Financial Vice President and Treasurer
Strong enrollments led overall revenue growth of 2.2%. Tuition and fee revenues exceeded budget amounts while the related student receivables remained low. To assist returning students and their families, Boston College increased financial aid funds by 5.1%. The University saved on expenses in many areas of the operating budget, most notably on salaries and fringe benefits, and continued to aggressively pursue operating efficiencies in areas such as utility consumption, technology procurement, and research commodity procurement.
The University’s fiscal 2012 financial statements are available at www.bc.edu/offices/controller
Operating and Nonoperating Revenues *
TUITION AND FEES, GROSS 61% AUXILIARY ENTERPRISES, GROSS 18% sponsored RESEARCH, GRANTS, AND FINANCIAL AID 7% INVESTMENT INCOME, net 1% PRIVATE GIFTS 11%
* Fiscal 2012 net realized and unrealized investment losses are excluded from this analysis.
public service/other losseS 1%
AUXILIARY ENTERPRISES 19%
student AID 18%
academic support 7%
student services 6%
general administration 14%
growth in net assets ( 1 99 2 base year )
expendable resources to debt
2,000 1,500 1,000
1,000 800 600 400
total expendable resources
total operating debt
STATISTICAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS statistics
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Full-time Equivalent Enrollment Undergraduate Graduate/professional Total full-time equivalent enrollment
9,505 9,512 9,599 9,518 9,484 3,152 3,308 3,414 4,120 4,046 12,657 12,820 13,013 13,638 13,530
Full-time Employees Faculty Staff Total full-time employees
679 708 725 737 752 2,228 2,316 2,293 2,304 2,296 2,907 3,024 3,018 3,041 3,048
Campus Facilities (gross square feet) Chestnut Hill Campus Newton Campus/Brighton Campus/other Total gross square feet
5,481,766 1,313,008 6,794,774
5,481,766 1,317,818 6,799,584
financial (fiscal year s ending May 31)
In thousands of dollars
Statement of Financial Position * Total assets Total liabilities Total net assets
$3,153,053 $2,898,500 (824,404) (888,269) $2,328,649 $2,010,231
Endowment and Similar Funds * Net assets $1,849,801 Investment income 13,866 Realized and unrealized investment gains (and losses), net 62,200
$1,491,158 11,487 (401,392)
5,493,499 1,301,227 6,794,726
5,501,713 1,588,275 7,089,988
5,501,689 1,619,779 7,121,468
$3,092,938 (905,514) $2,187,424
$3,487,314 $3,394,746 (1,012,011) (995,896) $2,475,303 $2,398,850
$1,647,653 10,768 180,485
$1,889,079 14,127 271,796
$1,757,447 13,998 (94,442)
Physical Plant * Land, improvements, and purchase options Buildings (including capital lease and purchase option) Equipment Library books/rare book and art collections Plant under construction Physical plant, gross Accumulated depreciation and amortization Physical plant, net
$215,049 $232,822 $234,200 $238,048 $241,023 873,603 962,539 1,004,577 1,026,711 1,113,092 178,015 179,000 191,622 200,569 199,909 147,812 155,814 164,739 173,918 182,414 35,852 38,242 17,610 67,898 76,870 1,450,331 1,568,417 1,612,748 1,707,144 1,813,308 (498,998) (530,929) (573,137) (619,065) (658,847) $951,333 $1,037,488 $1,039,611 $1,088,079 $1,154,461
Statement of Activities * Total operating revenues, net Total operating expenses Total non-operating activity
$600,684 600,587 93,199
$621,018 620,916 (318,520)
$628,354 628,247 177,086
$643,654 643,544 287,769
$653,663 653,550 (76,566)
Student Aid University scholarships, fellowships, and prizes Federal/state programs (including Pell grants) Student loans granted by the University Total student aid
$107,229 8,330 6,313 $121,872
$113,752 8,571 5,299 $127,622
$123,315 10,579 4,005 $137,899
$132,594 10,834 5,434 $148,862
$139,488 9,964 7,845 $157,297
* 2008 amounts adjusted to reflect Weston Jesuit School of Theology affiliation.
board of trustees officers chair Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC ’71 vice chair John F. Fish secretary T. Frank Kennedy, S.J. ’71
Margot C. Connell, D.B.A. ’09 (Hon.) Chair and Member of the Advisory Board, Connell Limited Partnership, Boston, Massachusetts
John M. Connors Jr. ’63, D.B.A. ’07 (Hon.) Chairman, The Connors Family Office, Boston, Massachusetts
Robert J. Cooney, Esq. ’74 Partner, Cooney & Conway, Chicago, Illinois
trustees Drake G. Behrakis ’86 President and CEO, Marwick Associates, Lexington, Massachusetts
Patricia Lynott Bonan ’79 Managing Director (Ret.), JPMorgan Chase & Co., Potomac, Maryland
Matthew J. Botica, Esq. ’72 Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, Illinois
Cathy M. Brienza NC ’71 Partner, WallerSutton 2000, L.P., New York, New York
Karen Izzi Bristing ’84 Owner, Equinox Equestrian Center, Sun Valley, California
John E. Buehler Jr. ’69 Managing Partner, Energy Investors Funds, Mill Valley, California
hon. Darcel D. Clark ’83 Supreme Court Justice, State of New York, Bronx, New York
Charles I. Clough Jr. ’64 Chairman and CEO, Clough Capital Partners, L.P., Boston, Massachusetts
Juan A. Concepción, Esq. ’96, m.ed. ’97, J.D., M.B.A. ’03 Attorney, Boston, Massachusetts
Kathleen A. Corbet ’82 Founder and Principal, Cross Ridge Capital, LLC, New Canaan, Connecticut
Leo J. Corcoran, Esq. ’81 President, Autumn Development Company, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Robert F. Cotter ’73 President (Ret.), Kerzner International, Coral Gables, Florida
Claudia Henao de la Cruz ’85 Chair, Centro Mater Foundation, Coral Gables, Florida
John R. Egan ’79 Managing Member, Carruth Management, LLC, Westborough, Massachusetts
John F. Fish President and CEO, Suffolk Construction Company Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Keith A. Francis ’76* Intelligence Analyst (Ret.), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Bedford, Massachusetts
William J. Geary ’80 Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners, Waltham, Massachusetts
Susan McManama Gianinno ’70 Chairman and CEO, Publicis Worldwide, North America, New York, New York
Janice Gipson ’77 Beverly Hills, California
Kathleen Powers Haley ’76 Manager, Snows Hill Management LLC, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Christian W.E. Haub President and Chairman, Emil Capital Partners, LLC, Greenwich, Connecticut
Michaela Murphy Hoag ’86 Interior Designer, Treasured Designs, Atherton, California
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J. ’71 Rector, Boston College Jesuit Community, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
John L. LaMattina ’71 Senior Partner, PureTech Ventures, Boston, Massachusetts
Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. ’86 President, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
William P. Leahy, S.J. President, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Peter S. Lynch ’65, LL.D. ’95 (Hon.) Vice Chairman, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Boston, Massachusetts
T.J. Maloney ’75 President, Lincolnshire Management, Inc., New York, New York
Douglas W. Marcouiller, S.J. Provincial, Jesuits of the Missouri Province, St. Louis, Missouri
Peter K. Markell ’77 Exec. VP of Admin. & Finance, CFO, and Treasurer, Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
David M. McAuliffe ’71 COO and Managing Director of Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan PLC, London, United Kingdom
Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC ’71 Executive Vice President (Ret.), FleetBoston Financial, Boston, Massachusetts
William S. McKiernan ’78 President, WSM Capital, LLC, Los Gatos, California
Robert J. Morrissey, Esq. ’60 Senior Partner, Morrissey, Hawkins & Lynch, Boston, Massachusetts
John V. Murphy ’71 Managing Director, Korn/Ferry International, Boston, Massachusetts
R. Michael Murray Jr. ’61, M.A. ’65
Marianne D. Short, Esq., NC ’73, J.D. ’76 Managing Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Patrick T. Stokes ’64 Chief Executive Officer (Ret.), AnheuserBusch Cos., Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
Richard F. Syron ’66, LL.D. ’89 (Hon.) Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Brian E. Daley, S.J. Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Robert M. Devlin Chairman, Curragh Capital Partners, New York, New York
Andrew N. Downing, S.J. Doctoral Student, University of Notre Dame, Granger, Indiana
Francis A. Doyle ’70, M.B.A. ’75
Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice ’86 New York, New York
President and CEO, Connell Limited Partnership, Boston, Massachusetts
Stephen P. Murray ’84
David C. Weinstein, Esq., J.D. ’75
Cynthia Lee Egan ’78
President and CEO, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, New York, New York
Chief of Administration (Ret.), Fidelity Investments, Newton, Massachusetts
President of Retirement Plan Services, T. Rowe Price, Owings Mills, Maryland
Brien M. O’Brien ’80 Chairman and CEO, Advisory Research, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
David P. O’Connor ’86 Senior Managing Partner, High Rise Capital Management, LP, New York, New York
Brian G. Paulson, S.J. Rector, Loyola University Jesuit Community, Chicago, Illinois
Richard F. Powers III ’67
Emilia M. Fanjul Palm Beach, Florida
John F. Farrell Jr.
Mary Jane Vouté Arrigoni
Peter W. Bell ’86
Roy E. Larsen Librarian (Ret.), Harvard College, Lexington, Massachusetts
General Partner, Highland Capital Partners, Menlo Park, California
Geoffrey T. Boisi ’69
Advisory Director (Ret.), Morgan Stanley, Hobe Sound, Florida
Chairman and Senior Partner, Roundtable Investment Partners LLC, New York, New York
Thomas F. Ryan Jr. ’63
Wayne A. Budd, Esq. ’63
Private Investor (Ret.), Boston, Massachusetts
Charles D. Ferris, Esq. ’54, J.D. ’61, LL.D. ’78 (HON.) Senior Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C., Washington, D.C.
Mario J. Gabelli
Senior Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GAMCO Investors, Inc., Rye, New York
james p. burns, i.v.d.
Mary J. Steele Guilfoile ’76
Director, Faculty Outreach and Program Assessment, University Mission and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Chairman, MG Advisors, Inc., Norwalk, Connecticut
Paul F. Harman, S.J. ’61, M.A. ’62
Rector, Faber Jesuit Community, Brighton, Massachusetts
James F. Cleary ’50, D.B.A. ’93 (HON.)* Advisory Director, Boston, Massachusetts
Vice President for Mission, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
Philip W. Schiller ’82
Joseph E. Corcoran ’59, D.B.A. ’09 (HON.)
Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. ’64, M.A. ’65, DHL ’09 (HON.)
Nicholas A. Sannella ’67 Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Lowell, Massachusetts
Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J., M.Ed. ’73
Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Product Marketing, Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, California
Susan Martinelli Shea ’76 Founder and President, Dancing with the Students, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chairman, Corcoran Jennison Companies, Boston, Massachusetts
John F. Cunningham ’64 Chairman and CEO, Cunningham & Company, Boston, Massachusetts
Professor of Theology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
board of trustees John L. Harrington ’57, M.B.A. ’66, D.B.A. ’10 (HON.)
Robert J. Murray ’62
John J. Shea, S.J., M.Ed. ’70
Chairman of the Board, Yawkey Foundation, Dedham, Massachusetts
Chairman and CEO (Ret.), New England Business Service, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Associate Director, Catholic Center, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.
Therese E. Myers NC ’66
Sylvia Q. Simmons, M.Ed. ’62, Ph.D. ’90, D.h.l. ’11 (hon.)
Associate Vice President, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chief Executive Officer, Bouquet Multimedia, LLC, Oxnard, California
President (Ret.), American Student Assistance Corp., Roxbury, Massachusetts
John J. Higgins, S.J. ’59, M.A. ’60, S.T.L. ’67
Edward M. O’Flaherty, S.J. ’59, Th.M. ’66*
Robert L. Sullivan ’50, M.A. ’52
Fairfield Jesuit Community, Fairfield, Connecticut
Treasurer, Boston College Jesuit Community, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
International Practice Director (Ret.), Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Siasconset, Massachusetts
Richard T. Horan Sr. ’53
Thomas P. O’Neill III ’68
Salvatore J. Trani
President (Ret.), Hughes Oil Company, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts
Chief Executive Officer, O’Neill and Associates, Boston, Massachusetts
Executive Managing Director, BGC Partners, Inc., New York, New York
Richard A. Jalkut ’66
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
CEO, TelePacific Communications, Los Angeles, California
President, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Thomas A. Vanderslice ’53, D.B.A. ’03 (HON.)
Anne P. Jones, Esq. ’58, J.D. ’61, LL.D. ’08 (HON.)
Sally Engelhard Pingree
Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.
Consultant, Bethesda, Maryland
Director and Vice Chairman, Engelhard Hanovia, Inc., Washington, D.C.
President, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
Michael D. Jones, Esq. ’72, J.D. ’76
Paula D. Polito ’81
Vincent A. Wasik
Chief Operating Officer, PBS, Arlington, Virginia
Chief Marketing Officer & Group Managing Director, UBS Financial Services Inc., Wealth Management Americas, Weehawken, New Jersey
Co-founder and Principal, MCG Global, LLC, Westport, Connecticut
Edmund F. Kelly Chairman, President, and CEO, Liberty Mutual Group, Boston, Massachusetts
Robert K. Kraft Chairman and CEO, The Kraft Group, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Robert B. Lawton, S.J. Georgetown Jesuit Community, Washington, D.C.
Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, M.Ed. ’55, M.A. ’58 Member, Congregational Leadership Team, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis, Missouri
John A. McNeice Jr. ’54, D.B.A. ’97 (HON.)
R. Robert Popeo, Esq., J.D. ’61 Chairman and President, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C., Boston, Massachusetts
John J. Powers ’73
Benaree P. Wiley, D.P.A. ’09 (HON.) President and CEO (Emeritus), The Partnership, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Jeremy K. Zipple, S.J. ’00 Director and Producer, National Geographic Television, Faber Jesuit Community, Brighton, Massachusetts
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Company, New York, New York
Pierre-Richard Prosper, Esq. ’85 Counsel, Arent Fox LLP, Los Angeles, California
Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. Professor, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vice President and University Secretary Mary Lou Delong NC ’71 University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, S.J., LL.D. ’96 (HON.)
Thomas J. Rattigan ’60
Chairman and CEO (Ret.), The Colonial Group, Inc., Canton, Massachusetts
Giles E. Mosher Jr. ’55
Senior Vice President, Americas, Enterprise Servers, Storage & Networking, Hewlett-Packard Company, Marlborough, Massachusetts
Vice Chairman (Emeritus), Bank of America, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Randall P. Seidl ’85
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