WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – The College of the Holy Cross announced on Wednesday that Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau has been named the school’s new president.
Rougeau, who was unanimously approved by the board on Tuesday, is the first black president and the first layman in the history of the Jesuit school which dates back to 1843.
He succeeds the Rev. Philip Boroughs on July 1, who announced in September that he would step down at the end of June after nearly 10 years as president of the Worcester school.
“Vincent brings the strategic vision, extensive experience as a faculty member and administrator, and a commitment to liberal arts education that will enable him to lead Holy Cross to meet the many challenges facing higher education today. hui confronted, “Board chairman Richard Patterson said in a statement.
Rougeau is a national expert on Catholic social thought. At Boston College, he led a reorganization of the leadership structure to support a more holistic approach to student services, expanded the school’s national and international recruitment of a diverse student body, and strengthened the commitment of the school towards experiential learning and global engagement.
“I have long admired the college for its academic excellence, its talented students and accomplished alumni, its dedicated faculty and staff, and its unique place as the only Jesuit and Catholic liberal arts college in our country,” said Rougeau.
Before joining Boston College in 2011, Rougeau was a full professor of law at Notre Dame Law School.
Holy Cross has approximately 3,100 students.
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