Vincent D. Rougeau, the current dean of Boston College Law School, has been named to succeed Reverend Philip L. Boroughs as president of the College of the Holy Cross, the school said on Wednesday.
Rougeau is the first black president and the first layman in the history of Worcester College. He was selected after a national search and was unanimously approved by the board of directors on February 9 and will assume the role of 33rd president of Sainte-Croix on July 1.
It is scheduled to be presented to the Holy Cross community via a live broadcast at 7 p.m. on February 11, Holy Cross said in a statement.
“We are delighted to welcome Vincent to the Sainte-Croix community and look forward to his leadership in building on the College’s success over the past decade,” said Board Chair Richard Patterson. “Vincent brings the strategic vision, in-depth experience as a faculty member and administrator, and a commitment to liberal arts education that will enable him to lead Sainte-Croix to meet the many challenges facing higher education.” today. Her scholarship and leadership demonstrate her deep dedication to Catholic social education and educating students to seek justice and make a meaningful difference in our world.
Rougeau has been dean of Boston College Law School since 2011 and, during his tenure, led a reorganization of the leadership structure to support a more holistic approach to student services, expanded the school’s national and international recruitment. ‘a diverse student body and strengthened the school’s commitment to the learning experience and global engagement, according to Holy Cross.
“I am delighted to join the community of Sainte-Croix as the new president,” said Rougeau. “I have long admired the College for its academic excellence, its talented students and accomplished alumni, its dedicated faculty and staff, and its unique place as the only Jesuit and Catholic liberal arts college in our country. Our current moment in history calls for the mission-oriented education that Holy Cross offers, and I am very excited about what this community can accomplish in the years to come.
Recently, Rougeau was appointed inaugural director of the new Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America, a meeting place for listening, dialogue and a better understanding of race and racism in the country.
Prior to Boston College, Rougeau was Full Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School and was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999 to 2002.
Holy Cross called Rougeau a “national expert on Catholic social thought”. In 2008, his book “Christians in the American Empire: Faith and Citizenship in the New World Order” was published by Oxford University Press.
Currently, her research and writing examines the relationships between religious identity, citizenship and membership in highly mobile and increasingly multicultural democratic societies, Holy Cross said. In addition, Rougeau is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Theology and Community in London, where he conducts research on large-scale community organization, immigration and citizenship in the UK as part of the Just Communities Project.
The national research process was led by a presidential research committee of nine members.
“During our time together at Boston College, I discovered that Vincent Rougeau has a deep understanding and appreciation of the Jesuit Catholic view of higher education,” said Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, ’76, Provincial of the Eastern Province of the USA of the Society of Jesus. “Plus, he has the leadership skills to make this vision a reality. I am delighted to welcome Vince and his wife Robin to our Holy Cross family.
Rougeau holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He and his wife, Dr. Robin Kornegay-Rougeau, pediatrician, have three sons.