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Suffolk Inaugurates James McCarthy as Ninth President

383907803On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, Suffolk University inaugurated its ninth President, Dr. James McCarthy. The ceremony took place at the historic Faneuil Hall in Boston. The audience was comprised of over seventy distinguished guests and faculty, members from the city of Boston and beyond, and many other spectators, wishing President McCarthy well on this day.

Following a procession led by the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, Suffolk’s own Voices of Zion Gospel Choir sang the national anthem.

The Chair of the Suffolk University Board of Trustees, Andrew C. Meyer, Jr. started off the welcome addresses, with a speech praising President McCarthy of his background and past accomplishments, and a look to the future.

“Despite the many challenges we face; a shaky economy, the cost of higher education, the burden of student debt, we are poised for greatness on an unprecedented scale. [President McCarthy’s] leadership will be essential,” said Meyer.

A representative for Boston’s Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, speaking on his behalf, had this to say of President McCarthy: “Congratulations, first, to Dr. McCarthy, for what’s a great accomplishment…but also congratulations to the City of Boston…Suffolk University has been an intrical part of who we have been, [of] who are, and who we’re becoming. In a way, the Mayor of Boston sees this as a ‘family gathering’.”

Welcoming speeches were also given by Massachusetts Senate President, Therese Murray, and Massachusetts House of Representatives Speaker, Robert DeLeo. A mix of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate members of Suffolk also gave welcoming speeches to President McCarthy.

Just before keynote speaker Dr. Robert Allison gave his address, Suffolk’s Ramifications A Cappella Group sang Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten.”

With the words, “By the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees and Suffolk University, I hereby name you; James McCarthy, the President of Suffolk University, as its Chief Executive Officer. You are assigned the powers, duties, and responsibilities appropriate to that post. We are confident that under your leadership, Suffolk University will continue to pursue the highest traditions of teaching, research, and service. Congratulations,” President McCarthy officially became Suffolk’s ninth president.

In his inauguration address, President McCarthy started by thanking everyone in attendance. He touched on his strategic plan, and what he intends to do during his tenure.

McCarthy touched on aspects vital to Suffolk University as an institution. He began by discussing the location of the campus, and Boston, as “A city where they will learn, and a city from which they will learn.”

“We will seek more partnerships, locally and globally, with organizations that provide internships, clinical placements, and career opportunities for Suffolk students,” McCarthy said.

President McCarthy then asked members of the private sector the following: “I urge all of you here today, representing those sectors, to connect our capable, talented young women and men to the work you do.”

He added, “I urge you all to recruit, hire, and promote Suffolk graduates. I promise you, you won’t be sorry when you do that.”

McCarthy also discussed his plan to lower costs of operation for Suffolk University. Chiefly, he described a plan that involves active involvement between current and alumni students. “Our students are at the center of everything we do…We will keep an eye on our costs. We will average our aberrations with fiscal prudence. We will strive to remain one of the more affordable four year universities in Boston.”

Describing the future for Suffolk University, President McCarthy talked about a plan to have hybrid courses, ones that allow face-to-face teaching and online interactions, to be more prevalent within five years.

“We are building on our history of access to opportunity,” explained McCarthy. “We are building curriculum around our place in Boston. We are building on our heritage as a career-focused institution. We are building alumni engagement.”

In his conclusion, President McCarthy ended by saying, “Our future looks exceptionally bright. I am confident we are poised on the edge of a most-deciding era.”

Deserts were served at a reception held in the lobby of 73 Tremont Street at 1:30 p.m. President McCarthy spoke to students, and Wicked, Suffolk’s Hip-hop dance team, performed a Michael Jackson flash mob.

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