My Journey to the Heights: A Memoir of Boston College (1951-2015) is a new book that captures the story of James P. McIntyre ’57, M.Ed.’61, D.Ed.’67, H’11, from his humble beginnings in Malden to a student in BC’s Evening College in the 1950s through his unprecedented 56-year career as a beloved and respected Boston College administrator. The memoir also, in turn, tells the story of the evolution of Boston College from a commuter school for local Catholics to one of the nation’s preeminent national universities. During a professional career that ran from 1959 until his death in 2015, McIntyre served under four Boston College presidents and there were few major University issues in which he was not personally involved. McIntyre had a hand in establishing BC’s financial aid program, creating its centralized student affairs office as BC’s first lay vice president, directing its first capital campaign as its newly appointed vice president for University Affairs, and hosting international finance conferences and other events as senior vice president. In addition, the Newton Campus, Flynn Recreation Complex, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library, Silvio O. Conte Forum, Robsham Theater Arts Center, renovated Alumni Stadium, and Merkert Chemistry Center were all the fruits of McIntyre’s efforts, as were many of the University’s largest contributions that he procured from his unique ability to cultivate deep, personal relationships with BC alumni. Undertaken at the request of University President William P. Leahy, S.J., My Journey to the Heights was produced by Executive Director of Marketing Communications and Boston College Magazine Editor Ben Birnbaum and edited by Senior Writer William Bole, and is available for purchase from the Boston College Bookstore. More from BC News.
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