Jesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs was elected the 32nd president of the College of the Holy Cross by its Board of Trustees, with his position to begin January 2012. Fr. Boroughs, currently vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University succeeds Jesuit Father Michael C. McFarland, who had announced in February that he was stepping down after 11 years. Fr. McFarland will continue as president until Fr. Boroughs arrives.
Boroughs, a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees since 2008, has been professionally involved in Jesuit higher education for 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at Gonzaga, Seattle, and Georgetown universities. He was appointed in 2003 to his current post as Georgetown’s first-ever vice president for mission and ministry, directing numerous programs for faculty, staff, students, and alumni which further Catholic and Jesuit identity.
“From my first days as a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees, the distinctive mission of Holy Cross—along with the themes of academic rigor in a liberal arts environment, the commitment to teaching and learning, the emphasis on social justice, meaning and value—have resonated with me,” Boroughs said. “It is an honor and a great privilege to have been selected to join the Holy Cross community as its next president.”
Prior to his time at Georgetown, Fr. Boroughs served as the rector of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University where he was also a faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry and an administrator (1992-2001). Previously, he taught religious studies at Gonzaga University (1989-91), served as the assistant novice director for the Oregon Province of Jesuits (1980-82), and was a parish priest at St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Wash. (1978-80). He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco.
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