From the President

New Beginnings

With summer having turned into fall and the excitement of another academic year underway, it is a most appropriate time to reflect on new beginnings.

I am grateful to have this forum in the pages of Holy Cross Magazine to speak directly to alumnae and alumni of Holy Cross, as well as to all readers: faculty and staff, parents of students and friends of the College around the country and around the world.

Going forward, I will be writing in this space in each issue of the Magazine about institutional priorities and special highlights that I think you should know about. Occasionally, I expect to address some of the challenges we face—such as our exploration of the impact and opportunities of technological developments on the traditional classroom or my responses to the questions increasingly being raised about the value of a college education in today’s world. 

At a moment when higher education is under great scrutiny, Holy Cross has never been stronger. I am very proud to be part of a community that celebrates and embraces our mission, history, and Jesuit and Catholic identity. We are blessed with exceptional faculty (read about our newest professors here) and strong academic programs, talented students (Welcome, Class of 2018!), dedicated staff and an extended family of loyal and engaged graduates. The commitment to excel and explore ways to advance Holy Cross extends to every classroom, studio space, playing field and administrative office on Mount St. James. 

Beginning on Page 24 in the President's Report, you will read about this commitment in action. “What is the Magis?” is the result of a conversation the College’s senior leadership team had about how, as a community, we can continue to deliver an exceptional undergraduate, liberal arts, Jesuit and Catholic experience—rooted in excellence.

Finally, you will notice that Holy Cross Magazine has a refreshed new look. As editor Suzanne Morrissey and designer Stephen Albano explain in the Editor's Note on Page 5, the redesign has been implemented to welcome you and other readers into the stories of Holy Cross and to look again and ask more about the experiences taking place on this campus and in this community.  ■

Very truly yours,
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.