James McCarthy before his inauguration today at Faneuil Hall.
By Boston.com staff
James McCarthy was inaugurated today as Suffolk University’s ninth president during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall.
McCarthy pledged that the Beacon Hill college would harness “the transformative power of technology” to prepare students for careers and to help curb costs, according to a copy of his speech provided by the school.
He said Suffolk, which has about 9,500 students, would seek to strengthen and build upon its ties to Boston, a place he said “shapes our academic work and allows Suffolk students to learn from their environment.”
McCarthy, who joined Suffolk in February, laid out several new initiatives the college would undertake to better prepare students for the job market:
-- Seek more local and global partnerships with organizations that provide mentorship, internships, and career opportunities.
-- Expand the school’s career services program.
-- And develop a curriculum that will prepare all undergraduates for an effective transition from student to entry-level position.
He also highlighted plans to expand on-line learning. This spring, the college plans to introduce a hybrid statistics course that combines on-line and face-to-face learning.
“This approach also will allow the University to be more flexible and efficient in its operations,” he said in his prepared remarks. “We will better be able to offer courses year round. The cost of instruction will be lower. And we will be able to increase the proportion of classes taught by full-time faculty.”
On Wednesday, a Globe story provided further details about McCarthy’s plans.
Before joining Suffolk, McCarthy was provost at Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Todah's ceremony included remarks and greetings from state Senate President Therese Murray; House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Suffolk Law School alumnus; Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Peter Meade; and University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret, a Suffolk alumnus.