David Quigley, a 1984 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven High School and a member of the RFH Hall of Fame, has been named Provost and Dean of Faculties for Boston College. He will assume his new role for the school, a private Jesuit research university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on June 1, 2014.
Quigley was inducted into the RFH Hall of Fame in 2008, and his commemorative plaque notes that his personal history reflects a commitment to scholarship and teaching. While at RFH, he was actively involved in the school newspaper The Tower Tribune, contributing articles for all four years and serving as Editor-in-Chief during his senior year.
Quigley, who succeeds Interim Provost Joseph Quinn, arrived at Boston College in 1998 as an assistant professor of history. He has held a number of academic leadership positions there, including Associate Dean for First-Year Students, the Founding Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and Interim Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
“During his five years as dean, Quigley was credited with attracting and hiring an outstanding cohort of young faculty, strengthening academic opportunities for undergraduate students, and developing new interdisciplinary majors in Islamic civilization and societies and environmental studies,” the school stated in a press release. “He also played a significant role in the conceptualization and design of Stokes Hall, the 78 million-dollar center of the humanities at Boston College, and in leading the ongoing effort to renew the core curriculum for undergraduate students.”
After majoring in American Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts and graduating magna cum laude in 1988, Quigley taught for three years in the New York City Public School System. He then earned his Master of Arts degree and his Ph.D. in American History from New York University in New York City.
He was named an Amherst Memorial Fellow in American History, as well as a Forris Jewett Moore Fellow in American History when he was a graduate student. He received a Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. His dissertation was titled “Reconstructing Democracy: Politics and Ideas in New York City 1865-1880.”