The Reverend Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., the vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University, will become the 32nd president of the College of Holy Cross next January.
Boroughs was chosen in a unanimous vote yesterday morning by the school's Board of Trustees to succeed the Reverend Michael C. McFarland, who has been president for 11 years.
"We were searching for an individual who will be a good Jesuit and a good priest," said Kevin Condron, chairman of the 35-member Board of Trustees. "And [Boroughs] met all the criteria."
The decision was reached after a nationwide search that started this January, after McFarland announced he was stepping down.
"I feel honored and humbled to be selected as the new president of this wonderful institution," Boroughs, 61, said in a telephone interview. "Reverend McFarland has enhanced the campus in academic programs and has given it broader recognition in the country. I hope to continue those trends and to beautify and expand the campus."
Boroughs said that part of his responsibilities at Georgetown, located in Washington, D.C., are to promote and support the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the school, fund-raise, and to create programs that serve the students and staff. "As senior administrator, I am used to thinking about strategic needs for the university," he said.
Condron said Boroughs would be a great moral, academic and external leader for the school.
"Father Boroughs has the energy and the inclination and the experience to provide extraordinary leadership," Condron said in a telephone interview. "He has a friendly and pleasant way about him and all the necessary skills to be an outstanding leader."
In a statement issued by the college, McFarland said that Boroughs had the qualities needed to lead the institution. "His management experience, especially as a key vice president at Georgetown, has given him a good grasp of what it takes to pursue excellence in higher education and the ability to achieve it," McFarland said.
Boroughs was appointed to his Georgetown position in 2003, and has been involved in Jesuit higher education for over 20 years. He has also served as administrator and faculty member at Gonzaga University and Seattle University.
Boroughs said that when he first visited Holy Cross in Worcester, he asked for a tour of the city in order to see the many places where students are involved in community service.
"I got a sense of vitality of the city and ways in which the college can engage the city," Boroughs said. "I am inspired by the commitment of students to use their education to serve the community. They are very welcoming and have already made me feel at home."
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