Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

October 25, 2021

Holy Cross inaugurates first lay, Black president

Photo | College of the Holy Cross Vincent Rougeau was inaugurated as Holy Cross's 33rd president.

The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on Friday inaugurated its 33rd president, Vincent Rougeau, who is the institution’s first Black president and first non-clergy member to serve in the role.

Previously the dean of the Boston College Law School, Rougeau began his tenure on July 1, replacing Rev. Philip Boroughs, who served as president for nine years. Rougeau is also president of the Association of American Law Schools.

“This is our enduring mission, guided by our Catholic faith, and reflecting the changing times,” Rougeau said in his inaugural address. “This is a moment of opportunity, of audacious hope, and belief in the transformative power of education. This is a day when a Black layman from the south can lead a Jesuit college in New England.”

Holy Cross announced it had chosen Rougeau as its new president in February, as it recommenced in-person classes for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sign up for Enews

WBJ Web Partners


Order a PDF