VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL MISSION & MINISTRY
About College of the Holy Cross:
'Our promise is to educate the kinds of thoughtful, imaginative, ethical leaders for whom our world hungers. Leadership is not simply about doing more, it is about being more.'
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., President
The College of the Holy Cross, a Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts college, seeks an experienced, imaginative and highly collaborative individual to serve as its Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry (VPIMM). The VPIMM will be a highly visible and engaged member of the Holy Cross community and a key player in decisions at the executive level who will bring to our campus a combination of pastoral, strategic and organizational skills.
One of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions, Holy Cross offers an academically rigorous, personalized undergraduate education in the Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1843 on a hill overlooking the city of Worcester, Holy Cross has a picturesque campus that is home to 3,100 students in a warm community that values intelligence, passion, discernment, and civic engagement. Under the leadership of Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., who became president in 2012, the College has continued to move to even greater levels of excellence.
The Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry has oversight for the development of policies and programs related to the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the College, calling forth and seeking to inspire the entire College community - trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and friends - to engage one another and the wider world in ways that appreciate and promote the distinctive mission of the College of the Holy Cross as a Catholic, Jesuit and liberal arts college. At a Jesuit institution where interreligious understanding is valued and promoted, where many members belong to other religious traditions or no organized religious tradition, the VPIMM must lead in a manner sensitive to the diversity of the community. The Vice President's perspectives and programing must be respectful, promote dialogue, and educate our members to diverse ways of worship, belief and practice, and thoughtfully engage those with no religious affiliation or upbringing.
The College of the Holy Cross
Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions and the only exclusively undergraduate liberal arts college among the 27 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States. A highly selective undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is respected for its superior undergraduate academic programs, accomplished faculty, and the intelligence, imagination, and achievements of its students and alumni. It is also renowned for its enthusiastic and well-supported commitment to the principle of educating men and women for and with others, in a community that generates a strong feeling of belonging and a deep sense of loyalty.
As a Jesuit college, Holy Cross takes its place in a long tradition of Catholic education that has distinguished itself for intellectual rigor, high academic standards, and religious and moral sensitivity. Academic life at Holy Cross is serious and challenging; it is also exciting and characterized by a sense of new discovery and personal engagement. Because the student body is 100 percent undergraduate and relatively small, the opportunity for individual attention is readily available and encouraged. Students know their professors and professors know and take a genuine interest in their students.
Holy Cross' mission and vision provide a powerful approach to the care and formation of its students. The College is committed to instilling both critical thought and empathy; faith and reason; radical creativity and unflinching discernment. In short, Holy Cross is committed to a liberal arts education that develops mind, body, spirit, and community. The commitment to forming the whole person - the intellectual, social, and spiritual self - is evident across the College.
Admission to Holy Cross is highly selective, with 34 percent of applicants admitted to the class of 2023. The College's 3,100 undergraduates come from 47 U.S. states and territories and 21 other countries; 53 percent are women; 27 percent are students of color & international students; and many represent the first generation in their families to attend college. The College has increased its diversity across all measures and continues to work towards this goal. Holy Cross is primarily a residential campus, with 11 residence halls. Approximately 90 percent of students live on the 174-acre campus, where the atmosphere is frequently described as welcoming, friendly, and supportive.
Holy Cross offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, with 41 majors, ranging from accounting and anthropology to theatre and visual arts. Holy Cross has excellent science and mathematics and classics departments and students are attracted to its strong pre-health and pre- law programs.
The College takes a highly personalized approach to education. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1 as of Fall 2018. There are 290 full-time and 38 part-time faculty; among these, seven Jesuits serve as full-time teaching faculty. Holy Cross students are guided in their academic programs of study by strong faculty advising that is supported by a Class Dean system, whereby a faculty member is assigned to each incoming class and stays with them from matriculation through graduation. Each Class Dean plays a critical role in ensuring student success and also operates as an important linkage between academic and student affairs. For a number of years, the first-year retention rate has consistently been around 95 percent and the six-year graduation rate has averaged about 92 percent. In August 2019, the College was tied for second in their category for highest four-year graduation rate at 91.1% by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac.
As a Jesuit and Catholic college, Holy Cross invites all students, regardless of faith tradition or belief, to consider spiritual growth and discernment as an integral part of their college experience. Through the Chaplains' Office and College Ministries, part of the division of Mission, students engage in a wide variety of opportunities that give expression to the Jesuit commitment to the 'service of faith and the promotion of justice.' These opportunities include programs in which students engage with people from different walks of life and develop a firsthand understanding of their lives and challenges. Over 500 students volunteer weekly in the City of Worcester through Student Programs for Urban Development, 700 participate in Community-based learning, and 300 participate in domestic and international immersion trips. Students also explore faith and meaning through active participation in a vibrant retreat program which engages over 700 students each year and a rich liturgical life which involves 300 to 400 students weekly. The College recently opened a new 60 bed contemplative center to provide expanded retreat opportunities. Over the course of their time at Holy Cross 60 percent of students participate in at least one of these programs.
Holy Cross also has a rich athletic tradition and very strong school spirit. The College sponsors 27 varsity sports, most at the NCAA Division I level. Approximately one in four students participate in intercollegiate competition, and there are about 100 club and intramural options as well. Holy Cross student-athletes are first and foremost students. Student-athletes are expected to excel academically and are encouraged to engage in community service. The College consistently ranks among the national leaders in graduation rates for athletes.
The Holy Cross campus encompasses 36 major buildings, enclosing over 1.4 million net assignable square feet, including 11 residence halls, 11 academic and administrative buildings, a campus center, dining hall, and St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. The College recently opened the Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center, a 60-bed contemplative center on 52 acres of property a 15 minute drive from campus, and also recently completed a renovation and expansion of the athletic center, the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The campus is also a registered arboretum with some 115 species of trees. Current building projects include the new $107 million Performing Arts Center and the $30 million Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center.
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., assumed office as the 32nd president of Holy Cross in January 2012. As President, he sets all strategic priorities for the nation's only exclusively undergraduate Jesuit institution, and has reaffirmed with the Board of Trustees the College's commitment to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of accepted students. He is overseeing the College's comprehensive fundraising campaign, Become More: The Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross. In its final year, the campaign has raised $397 million already towards its proposed goal of $400 million.
Fr. Boroughs served as Georgetown University's first Vice President for Mission and Ministry from 2003 to 2011. In addition to overseeing a division of the University which included the Office of Campus Ministry and the Office of Mission and Pastoral Care at Georgetown University Hospital, Fr. Boroughs was responsible for numerous programs for faculty, staff, students, and alumni which advanced Catholic and Jesuit identity. During his eight-year tenure at Georgetown, he raised funds to develop and endow the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, to renovate the historic Dahlgren Chapel, and to endow positions and programs for the Office of Mission and Ministry.
The Role of the Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry
The VPIMM reports directly to the President of the College. As a member of the President's Executive Team (comprised of the College's Vice Presidents and Chief of Staff), the Vice President works closely with the Executive Team to sustain and promote the distinctive mission of the College as a Catholic, Jesuit undergraduate liberal arts institution. The Vice President also sits on the President's Cabinet (an extended group of College administrators) and serves as the administration's staff liaison to the Board of Trustees' Committee on Mission and Identity. In all of these roles, the Vice President also provides leadership and day-to-day management for the College's mission as a Catholic, Jesuit and liberal arts institution by overseeing and/or serving as a resource for the development and administration of mission-related programs, activities, and policies of the College while managing the budget for all mission-related programs directly sponsored by the Mission Office.
The VPIMM directly supervises three individuals and indirectly those who report to them in the two departments that comprise the College's Mission and Ministry Division. These include the Director of the Office of College Chaplains (who oversees a staff comprised of eight additional full-time chaplains, several part-time and adjunct chaplains and their administrative supportive staff), the Director of Special Projects in Mission (currently open, hire will be up to new VPIMM), and one divisional administrative assistant (currently open, who also assists the Director of Special Projects in Mission). Additionally, oversight of the programmatic needs and the on-going care of the College's new Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center, as well as other campus worship spaces, fall within the purview of the Vice President.
The Vice President for Institutional Mission and Ministry is guided by the document Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, developed by the Presidents of the then 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, and by a Statement of
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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ABOUT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.