By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The College of the Holy Cross has announced that the college president, Rev. Philip Boroughs, will step down at the end of the academic school year.

Boroughs, the college’s 32nd president, will step down June 30, 2021, and take a yearlong sabbatical before he receives a new assignment from the Jesuit Order, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.

Boroughs said Tuesday in a message to the campus and alumni that he felt a new energy and skill set is needed to address the institution’s needs in the coming years. He said that it feels like a “natural inflection and transition point.”

Burroughs said that a strategic planning process has just started for the next three to five years and that the new president should be involved in that process.

Burroughs assumed office in 2012 and led a $420 million capital campaign and instituted new academic initiatives that fund research in Worcester, according to a press release from the college.

Under Burroughs leadership, the college, which is the oldest Catholic college in New England, created the Office of International Students; opened a new office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and created a new position, Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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