Greetings from the Heights!
The start of a new academic year holds such promise and possibility—and this year is no exception. There is a palpable energy on campus as we get ready to welcome the Class of 2026, as well as our returning students and faculty, to the Heights. They bring with them their dreams and aspirations for the future, ready to engage in formative educational experiences that will change the trajectory of their lives.
Here at Boston College, we are fortunate to be a part of a vibrant community rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic ideals that make our institution so special. This edition of Beacon features a number of BC champions whose important contributions help the University to serve as a force for good, both for its students and the world at large.
As you will read, these efforts enhance the BC experience and enrich the lives of those far beyond the Heights, from the transformational generosity of Boston College Trustee and BC Law graduate Marianne Short NC’73, JD’76, P’05 to the anonymous donors who have chosen to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the critical work of the Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children within the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
While we heap due praise on the philanthropists and difference-makers within our community, we also highlight some of the staff members working tirelessly behind the scenes to better the lives of our Eagles. Frank Bailey is a long-serving veteran of our exceptional Dining Services staff, with the essential task of sustaining our student body and fueling them for success in and out of the classroom. And, just one year into her job as vice president for student affairs, Dr. Shawna Cooper Whitehead is instituting real change to improve our students’ holistic wellbeing.
In a time of much upheaval, the University must continue to fulfill its worthy mission of scholarship, faith, and service and educate the next generation of compassionate, discerning leaders while instilling a sense of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Thank you for your partnership—and for all that you do to help Boston College answer society’s call.
Provost and Dean of Faculties