Rev. Michael McFarland announced Thursday that after 11 years he will step down as president of the College of the Holy Cross.
With the college about to complete work on a new five-year strategic plan and initiate a major fund-raising campaign, McFarland said it is important for Holy Cross to have stable leadership in place through the next seven or eight years.
Board Chairman Kevin Condron praised the work the Jesuit priest has done for the college.
“Father McFarland has driven the school on a very clear course of excellence in academics and excellence in all things,” Condron said. “And we would look for someone to just continue that journey.”
The search for the next president will begin immediately. Condron said he is looking for a candidate with a wide range of abilities.
“…Experience in academic administration, is a strong leader, a strategic planner, a good fundraiser, a good public speaker, someone who's a good Jesuit, and a good priest,” Condron said.
McFarland will stay on as president until a successor is in place. He said he has not decided what he will do after leaving Holy Cross.
This program aired on February 4, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.