Rev. J. Donald Monan, former Boston College leader, dies at 92

Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. reacts to comments made during tribute to him in BC's Conte Forum.  He was president for 24 years.
The Rev. J. Donald Monan was photographed during a farewell tribute at Boston College in 1996. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

The Rev. J. Donald Monan, who during 24 years as president of Boston College steered the school from financial turmoil to a period of unprecedented growth that saw remarkable gains in everything from endowment to academic stature to football ranking, died Saturday in the Campion Health Center in Weston. He was 92.

“Father Monan devoted more than four decades of his life to Boston College, playing a decisive role in its reorganization and increased recognition in American higher education,” said the Rev. William P. Leahy, a Jesuit who succeeded Father Monan as Boston College’s president.


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