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Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., (born Vancouver, British Columbia) is an American Jesuit, academic and university administrator. Boroughs was unanimously selected as the incoming 32nd President of the College of the Holy Cross on May 6, 2011.[2] He took office on January 9, 2012, when Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., who had served as President of Holy Cross since 2000, stepped down.[2][3]

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.
32nd President of the College of the Holy Cross
Assumed office
January 9, 2012[1]
Preceded byRev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J.
Personal details
BornVancouver, British Columbia
ResidenceWorcester, Massachusetts, USA
Alma materGraduate Theological Union




Boroughs has worked as an academic administrator and faculty member at both Gonzaga University and Seattle University.[2]

V.P. of Georgetown UniversityEdit

In 2003, Boroughs was selected as the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.[2] Boroughs' responsibilities as vice president included fundraising, the creation of religious programs to serve the Georgetown community and the promotion of Georgetown University's Jesuit and Roman Catholic identities.[2]

Under Boroughs, the renovations of Georgetown University's Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart were begun.[3] The school also launched the construction project for the forthcoming Calcagnini Contemplative Center.[3] Plans were also initiated to add Jewish, Muslim and Eastern religion worships spaces within Georgetown University's Leavey Center.[3] Each of these projects was scheduled for completion after Boroughs left Georgetown to become President of the College of the Holy Cross.[3]

President of the College of the Holy CrossEdit

In February 2011, College of the Holy Cross President Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., announced his intention to step down as president after more than eleven years as the head of the college.[3] Holy Cross' thirty-five member board of trustees launched a nationwide search for a new president.[2] Boroughs, who had previously served on Holy Cross' board for three years, applied for the position.[3] According to a spokesperson for Holy Cross, Boroughs was the only candidate to visit the school's campus during the selection process.[3]

Boroughs was unanimously elected as Holy Cross' incoming 32nd president by the board on May 6, 2011.[2] He became President on January 9, 2012, upon McFarland's departure.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b Vyse, Emily (2011-12-07). "Rev. Philip Boroughs President, College of the Holy Cross, 2012-". The Crusader. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Valverde, Miriam (2011-05-07). "Holy Cross chooses Philip Boroughs as next president". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Kaku, Upasana (2011-05-07). "Fr. Boroughs to Be President of Holy Cross". The Hoya. Retrieved 2011-05-29.