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College of the Holy Cross Says “Farewell, Father” to Its Jesuit President

When the College of the Holy Cross trustees hired Jesuit Father Michael McFarland to be the college’s president 12 years ago, one of his former colleagues described him as having “a sunshine wink” and “a suppressed grin.”

At 63, Fr. McFarland still has a youthful grin, a twinkle in his eye and the slight build of a runner. His time at Holy Cross lasted longer than the 10 years trustees originally hoped for, but it will come to an end this year. In January, Jesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs, vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University, will take over.

During McFarland’s time at Holy Cross, the college added 400,000 square feet of building space; expanded its faculty and lowered its course load; grew its endowment by 61 percent; created new financial aid initiatives, including one that gives Worcester, Mass. students free tuition if their families earn less that $50,000; boosted recruiting in Worcester; helped launch the Nativity School of Worcester; fostered an affordable housing program in cooperation with the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation; gave the Worcester Tornadoes a rent-free summer home; won re-accreditation and bought and razed off-campus buildings where students once lived.

McFarland arrived already familiar with a number of aspects of a college president’s job: the academics side, athletics, student life and finance. He had a couple things to learn on the job: “I had done less fundraising,” he said. “And then I’m not a politician. I said that when they hired me, so dealing with multiple complex constituencies has been a learning experience.”

But a large part of his presidency has been his time with students. The president attends about as many games as the athletic director, and the marching band loves McFarland so much that they made him the inaugural inductee into their hall of fame. Lauren A. D’Abrosca, co-chairman of the Student Government Association at Holy Cross, described him as being the type of person you never needed an introduction to say hello to.

“As a student, it could be almost a nerve-wracking experience sitting down with the president of your college. … And he doesn’t make it like that at all,” she said.

Read more about the College of the Holy Cross’ transition to a new president at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Holy Cross Names Vice President for Mission

harmanJesuit Father Paul Harman has been named to the new position of Vice President for Mission at the College of the Holy Cross, effective immediately.  Fr. Harman has served since January 2009 as a special assistant to Jesuit Father Michael McFarland, Holy Cross’ President, who made the announcement.

“For the past two and one-half years, Paul Harman has made tremendous advances in developing our mission and identity programs, as well as serving as a wise and perceptive advisor,” said Fr. McFarland.  “He has brought his deep knowledge of Holy Cross and extensive experience with higher education and other Jesuit apostolates to his work.  Now, in his new position as vice president, he will have broad responsibilities related to mission, particularly on issues of faith and justice.”

Harman chairs the College’s campus-wide Mission and Identity Committee and oversees its many initiatives and programs for students, faculty, and staff.   In his new position, he will continue and enhance that work with the Board of Trustees, the President’s Office, and other administrators.  He will also work especially closely with the Office of the College Chaplains.

Commenting on his new appointment at Holy Cross, Fr. Harman said:  “I have greatly enjoyed working with the faculty, staff, students and administrators at Holy Cross and look forward to strengthening the mission of the College, drawing from the long and rich traditions of the Church and the Society of Jesus.”

Fr. Harman received both his undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College.  He entered the Society of Jesus in 1955 and was ordained a priest in 1968.  He taught at Baghdad College in Iraq, where he also studied Arabic, before returning to the United States to study at the Weston School of Theology, where he received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology.

Fr. Harman first worked at Holy Cross in 1970 as a visiting lecturer in theology while completing his doctorate in education at Columbia University.  The following year he was appointed associate academic dean; and in 1975 he became executive vice president, serving in that capacity until 1984.  He left Holy Cross to become Provincial Assistant for Formation for the New England Province of the Jesuits and later Secretary for Formation for the Jesuits in the United States.  Just before returning to Holy Cross, he served as rector of the Jesuit Community at Boston College.  He has also served on numerous boards of trustees, including Boston College, Georgetown, Loyola University of Chicago and Holy Cross, where he was a trustee from 1986 – 95.

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Jesuit Elected New President of the College of the Holy Cross

philip_boroughsJesuit 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.

For the full article in Georgetown’s The Hoya, click here.