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Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.

President, College of the Holy Cross

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., assumed office as the 32nd president of Holy Cross in January 2012.

As president, he sets all strategic priorities for the nation’s only exclusively undergraduate Jesuit institution and has reaffirmed with the Board of Trustees the College’s commitment to meet the full demonstrated financial need of accepted students. In his tenure at Holy Cross, Fr. Boroughs has launched "Become More: Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross", a $400 million capital campaign.  The campaign fundraising efforts have resulted in the construction and opening of the $22 million Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center and the groundbreaking of a $95 million renovation and expansion of the College's Athletics and Wellness centers. 

Immediately before coming to Holy Cross, Fr. Boroughs served as Georgetown’s first vice president for mission and ministry from 2003 to 2011. In addition to overseeing a division of the university which included the Office of Campus Ministry and the Office of Mission and Pastoral Care at Georgetown University Hospital, Fr. Boroughs was responsible for numerous programs for faculty, staff, students, and alumni which advanced Catholic and Jesuit identity. During his eight-year tenure at Georgetown, he raised funds to develop and endow the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, to renovate the historic Dahlgren Chapel, and to endow positions and programs for the Office of Mission and Ministry.

Fr. Boroughs earned his B.A. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1973, and received a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology (Chicago) in 1978. He holds a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (1987) and received a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, Calif.) in 1989.

Prior to his role at Georgetown, Fr. Boroughs served as the rector of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University where he was also a faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry. Previously, he taught religious studies at Gonzaga University (1989-91), served as the assistant novice director for the Oregon Province of Jesuits (1980-82), and was a parish priest at St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Wash. (1978-80). A former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco, he also served as a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees (2008-2011).

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University; the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education;  the Board of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts; and the Council of Presidents of the Patriot League, for which he served as chair from 2015-2017.