A New President, A New Era James McCarthy

Suffolk University welcomes new president James McCarthy, a distinguished scholar and academic leader who will guide us into a new era of excellence. President McCarthy is an innovative thinker with a passion for education that makes a difference in students’ lives. He joins us from Baruch College, City University of New York, where he was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

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A Conversation With Our President

James McCarthy is the new president of Suffolk University, a 106-year-old institution that he says “epitomizes many of those values I hold dear.” McCarthy was chosen as Suffolk’s ninth president from more than 100 candidates vying for the position during a yearlong selection process. Thoughtful and engaging, McCarthy spoke with Suffolk University about embracing its legacy of access and excellence, creating innovative ways of infusing technology into the academic process and why, when it comes to declaring a baseball team allegiance in his new city, it may be best to be a “non-aligned nation.”

Suffolk University: What compelled your interest in becoming president of Suffolk University?

James McCarthy: There’s been an evolution to my career. I spent the first 24 years at some wonderful universities, where I focused on research and graduate education. Eventually I decided that I wanted to spend much more time on undergraduate education, more time on teaching, more time linking universities to the communities in which they live, and that I wanted to work with more diverse student bodies. And I mean diverse in many dimensions � social background, economic background, and also in terms of academic preparation.

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Video Interview

The Suffolk Legacy

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 1:46

President McCarthy discusses the University’s founding principles

A Clear, Strong Focus

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 2:23

Addressing challenges for the future

On Leadership

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 1:17

When to listen … and when to act

The Alumni Connection

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 1:27

A critical resource for students

Boston: A Case Study

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 0:55

The role of Boston as an “urban” classroom

An Online Curriculum

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 1:47

Learning how to learn online

Education: A Life-Changing Experience

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 0:58

The value of simply being a student

A Message from Our Chairman

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 0:58

Formal announcement of presidential appointment

The Suffolk Legacy

January 18, 2012 - Duration: 1:46

President McCarthy discusses the University�s founding principles

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