Hello, fellow Eagles!

When I joined the Boston College community in mid-2020, I shared with all of you that our students will be at the center of every decision that we make. In this edition of Beacon, you will read about several other individuals who share my belief in putting students first.

They are University champions whose extraordinary contributions help to strengthen programs and initiatives across the Heights, from athletics to theater arts, from nursing to management, from research to financial aid. Men and women like Andy Boynton and Katherine Gregory, experts in their fields who lead two of BC’s top-ranked schools. The Robsham family, whose monumental estate gift will improve many aspects of the student experience well into the future. Basketball coaches Joanna Bernabei-McNamee and Earl Grant, who demonstrate on a daily basis a remarkable ability to bring exceptional young people to BC and guide them on and off the court.

We are grateful for—and inspired by—benefactors Mikey ’86 and Jay Hoag, P’14, the driving forces behind our transcendent basketball facility that will begin to rise in the coming year. The facility will bear their name and will help elevate our programs into the ACC elite. With the Hoag Pavilion and incredible coaches leading the way, the future for BC basketball is extraordinarily bright. As Coach Grant says best in the interview on page 27: it’s the perfect time to be here. 

I am honored to be a part of something that is so in line with my personal beliefs and faith, and I know that with your ongoing partnership and support, BC will continue to inspire its students to lead with integrity and character as they change the world. I’m so glad I’m here to witness it.


Patrick Kraft
William V. Campbell Director of Athletics

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