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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College of the Holy Cross
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.
  • Title: President
  • Organization: College of the Holy Cross
  • Located: Worcester
  • Residence: Worcester
  • Colleges: Gonzaga University, Jesuit School of Theology (Chicago) & Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, Calif.)

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Holy Cross has always had a commanding presence in Worcester, and not just because of its location atop Mount St. James. But the 177-year-old school hasn’t rested on past success, expanding with modern facilities.

The $30-million Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center is rising for recreation. The $107-million Prior Performing Arts Center will include a 400-seat concert hall. Boroughs, president since 2012, has been a master fundraiser, as the school's endowment ballooned close to $800 million heading into the 2018-19 school year and the college wraps up a $400-million fundraising campaign in June. Leading a college is about more than fundraising. Boroughs ditched the school’s old Crusader logo after an uproar, and has kept Worcester as a priority, annually providing $3 million in scholarships to city students.

What makes Central Mass. unique? We welcome immigrants into our community who bring their rich cultures, cuisine, music and diverse entrepreneurial skills.

International man of mystery: Born in Canada and raised in the United States, I am a dual citizen. In addition to regular exercise, for escape I enjoy reading historical biographies and international murder mysteries.

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