Anyone else join in the Zoom last night for the remote farewell for Fr. B? Interested in reactions. They were recording it and assume they will communicate how others who weren't on live can watch it later.
As you might imagine, there was a video of lots of people thanking him for his years of service. What struck me is that while there were lots of current students expressing their gratitude to him, outside of those alums who are on the BoT and some of the big donors, there were practically no (maybe none?) rank & file alums, at least not that I could tell.
Fr. B is going to take 6 weeks to go to a hideaway in Vermont courtesy of, I think he said a Board member (I neglected to take notes). He also plans to head to Seattle to spend time with his family there who he says he hasn't seen in 2 years. He'll be back for the inauguration of his successor (October, IIRC, again no notes) and he is hoping to go back to Kenya if the pandemic allows and, of course, depending on what the provincial has in store for him [let's remember, he's "on loan" to the Northeast province so he's not referring to HC alum provincial O'Keefe].
That should be enough to get this thread/discussion going.
"Ave Atque Vale" IMO Fr. Boroughs was an extremely effective leader during a difficult time of change on Mt. St. James. His type of farsighted leadership was long overdue at HC. He has been a great success during his term of office! His presidency successfully navigated a number of difficult , painful controversies. Under his leadership the College overcame & prospered. Fr. Boroughs recognized old paradigms were not sufficient to grow HC. And, he successfully dealt with opposition from some who for whatever reason were opposed to the changes he brought to the College. His efforts to open up HC, break away from past issues and bring The College into the modern world have altered the life of the school forever. He has overseen & encouraged the hiring of bright, young, talented professionals who have energized HC and help usher the College into a new world. He has attempted to open up HC to a much more diverse student body. He oversaw and attracted funding for the construction of a number of impressive buildings which have added and will continue to add new dimensions to the lives of HC's students in the present and far into the future. He has maintained & improved the beauty of our renowned campus while changing the face of HC forever. And, during a difficult time for SLACs, Fr. Boroughs has been an extraordinary fund raiser and grown our endowment to record levels. HC is in a stronger financial position today due in large part to the wise, steady leadership of Fr. Boroughs. Thanks to his efforts in corralling a constituency HC will be forever changed. Look at HC today and you see a new & improved College with a revitalized campus filled with promise & more beautiful than ever. And he has accomplished all this while still maintaining HC's commitment to its Catholic, Jesuit core. The mission statement of graduating men & women for others is more alive today than ever. He leaves HC a far better place. And, most important HC has become a PL football powerhouse under his watch! Basketball success is most certainly on the horizon. He has been a quietly confident and wise leader. He has exemplified the Jesuit tradition of a man for others. Fr. Boroughs has been an extraordinary leader. And, for this I am grateful. mm'67
Post by princetoncrusader on Jun 9, 2021 14:51:27 GMT -5
I listened to the Zoom event and thought it was well done, especially the video and Fr. B's remarks at the end. I think your notes are spot on Sader1970. I think the date of Vince's inauguration (or it installation?) will be Oct. 22. I got to know Fr. B a bit through the Prez Council. He really seemed to grow into the job. I found him to be a humble and warm person. Not sure what he is like as day to day manager of a complex organization as the modern day LAC. As mm67 notes, he was indeed a successful fund raiser. (BTW, one of the development office professionals told me the other day that results for this fiscal year are going quite well.) It is my impression that the College moved leftward under his watch (dumping of the Crusader mascot, pronoun choices in emails, focus on DEI, etc.). Not sure how much of this was his doing as opposed to how much came from the trustees and the general crosscurrents in academia. As a sidenote, a former lax coach told me that he was quite supportive of the program. I wish him well as he moves into the next phase of his life, which will no doubt be a lot less stressful.
Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Jun 9, 2021 16:24:41 GMT -5
I thought that several tributes by key speakers, e.g., the chair of the BoT, were spoken with genuine feeling and emotion, almost to a sense of personal loss. I doubt that Fr. McF would have evoked similar emotions, certainly not Reedy, and not Brooks I think more than one speaker remarked that Fr. B took on a pastoral role, and was a superb listener. And IIRC, the Luths said they had confidence in his leadership, which is key if you are trying to shake the money tree..
He will be the third Jesuit President of a college or university to 'leave' this year. The President of the University of Scranton died, the President of Santa Clara resigned at the direction of the provincial, and Fr. B.
I have long speculated that Fr. Linehan, the President of Loyola MD is slotted for BC, and if my hunch plays out, he will likely be the last Jesuit President of Loyola. Von Arx, the former President of Fairfield, who was previously speculated as a possible President of HC, is marked by that school's sponsorship of a school in Haiti where rampant abuse of students occurred. www.ctpost.com/news/article/Fairfield-University-claims-insurance-company-15902331.php
Would not surprise me if Fr. B., a year from now, is given a role at Santa Clara. Critical school for the Jesuits, billionaire alums.
It is my impression that the College moved leftward under his watch (dumping of the Crusader mascot, pronoun choices in emails, focus on DEI, etc.). Not sure how much of this was his doing as opposed to how much came from the trustees and the general crosscurrents in academia.
From a direct personal conversation with the highest source, I know that there were a number of trustees that were against the mascot/logo change, apparently vigorously so. If you recall, it was publicly stated that the Board's direction to Fr. B was to change what the mascot/logo looked like (apparently to be less "offensive"), not to eliminate it. Fr. B eliminated it ostensibly to avoid offending certain segments of the College's constituencies. Most notably some faculty and some students. At the time, I was assured by that same source that the name "Crusader" would remain as long as that person had any say in the matter which was, from memory, another 3-4 years.
When questioned whether Fr. B went beyond the direction of the Board in eliminating the mascot, the response was purposely diplomatic and this same person is on the video highly praising Fr. B. I left that conversation with little doubt this was not a Board decision but the president's and while some on the Board didn't like it, they weren't going to publicly rebuke him. I was told that the mascot was not a "dead issue" and might be "re-visited sometime in the future" (I'm not holding my breath).
Fr. Brooks made the decision not to join the Big East and eliminate athletic scholarships. He had his reasons which many disagreed with and obviously still do.
Fr. Boroughs made the mascot and other decisions which many disagreed with. Like Brooks, Fr. Boroughs surely knew that there would be blow-back on these decisions but he was the "man in the arena" (thanks, TR). While current students and younger alums probably don't give a hoot about the mascot, many of the older, more affluent alums often do. I believe he felt he was doing the right thing and a Crusaderless Holy Cross would be more inviting to a younger more diverse generation of students and the older folks would either eventually let it blow over and certainly over time there would be fewer and fewer as they died off. I'm sure you've seen buried deep inside the athletic department's strategic plan that they are giving a priority to eliminating any vestiges of the old logos (i.e. Crusader)
That's why I was less concerned about getting a successor who was a Jesuit and more hopeful we'd get a new president with Holy Cross roots. As it turns out, we've gotten one with neither. And yet, I am actually optimistic.
Von Arx, the former President of Fairfield, who was previously speculated as a possible President of HC
One of my sons was a Fairfield during Von Arx's reign and lived in a building right across from him. From what I gather, he would have been 180 degrees different than Fr. Boroughs in terms of being pastoral, warm and welcoming.