Fr. McFarland Announces Plans to Step Down

In a Feb. 3 town hall meeting in Seelos Theater, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., announced his plans to step down as the 31st president of Holy Cross, a position he has held since July 2000. When the meeting was opened up to questions, an audience member stood to say, "Thank you, Father, for everything you've done for us and for the College," triggering applause and an extended standing ovation from the theater full of faculty, staff and administrators. In a letter to the community, Fr. McFarland noted that the timing is right for a change in leadership: "We are finalizing work on a new five-year strategic plan and preparing to initiate a major fundraising campaign that will be critical to our future. With those projects in the early stages, it is important that Holy Cross has strong, stable leadership in place that will take us through the next seven or eight years." Fr. McFarland will stay on until a successor has been named. A search committee has begun the work of identifying the next Jesuit leader of the College. To learn more about the presidential search, visit