Holy Cross President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs to Step Down Next June

The Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, president of the College of the Holy Cross, announced Tuesday that he will be ending his nine-year tenure on June 30, 2021.

Theodore V. Wells Jr. with Holy Cross president Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.Theodore V. Wells Jr. with Holy Cross president Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.

As the 32nd president of the Jesuit liberal arts college, the oldest Catholic college in New England, Mass., his career was marked by the largest fundraising campaign in school history, new buildings, and expanded academic and co-curricular programming.

His plans are to take a one-year sabbatical after his term, and then begin a new assignment from the Jesuit Order. A national search for Boroughs’ replacement will begin shortly.

“I feel that new energy and some different skills are needed to address the realities of the coming years,” Boroughs said in a message to campus and alumni. “This time feels like a natural inflection and transition point for the institution: Our seven year campaign just ended most successfully and we have just begun a strategic planning process that will set goals for the College for the next three to five years. As I know from my own experience, it is important that a new president be part of that process, as it will give shape to his or her energies and commitments throughout their term of office.”