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Updated: May 2, 2022 / The Power 50 for 2022

2022 Power 50: Vincent Rougeau

Photo | Courtesy of College of the Holy Cross Vincent Rougeau, president of College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester
Vincent Rougeau Title President Organization College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester Residence Worcester Colleges Brown University, Harvard Law School Read all the 2020 Power 50 profiles here
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At the helm of a 179-year-old college with a $1-billion-endowment, Vincent Rougeau holds the power to transform Central Massachusetts’ wealthiest higher education institution.

Rougeau began his tenure at Holy Cross in July, as the college was finishing up a record-breaking fiscal year, which yielded nearly $66 million in gifts. Holy Cross has about 3,000 enrolled students and employs 1,000 people, paying more than $50 million in salaries to Worcester County residents. Rougeau represents a new era for the Jesuit college: He is the first non-priest layperson to lead the Worcester college, as well as the first Black individual to hold the role.

Holy Cross has weathered controversy in the last several years, particularly related to race issues, such as the school’s ties to slavery and its Crusader mascot. As the new face of a powerful institution, Rougeau’s impact will indelibly shape the region.

What sets the Central Mass. business community apart from the rest of the world? I’ll start with an educated workforce! With eight colleges and universities in Worcester alone, we provide the intellectual resources to a wide range of businesses. Add a wonderful quality of life and a diverse and welcoming community, it’s easy to see why our region is having this renaissance.

Music man: Long before “Pitch Perfect” thrust a cappella groups into the global spotlight, I was a member of The High Jinks at Brown University. So I can sing (I’m a bass/baritone), but I secretly wish I could play the piano.

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