Interim provost joins the Wolf Pack


David Borofsky replaces former provost Marc Manganaro after his unexpected resignation in January. Borofsky stepped into the new position on April 10.

Lily Cummings

After a lengthy search and weeks of preparation, David Borofsky began his new job as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs on April 10.

The Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., university president, announced on March 28 that Borofsky was named interim provost. According to Borofsky, Loyola is the ninth college or university he has worked at.

A March 28 press release stated Borofsky has served as president, provost, vice president and dean at both public and private universities across the country. Borofsky said he is most looking forward to getting to know students better, and making decisions that benefit the students.

“One of the things I really want to focus on is how can we help enhance the student experience both in and out of the classroom,” Borofsky said.

Joelle Underwood, university senate vice chairwoman, has only met with Borofsky in passing, but said that her impression is that he is highly motivated, committed to helping Loyola address its serious financial issues and open to working with faculty.

Borofsky said he wants to be a voice for the faculty and to work closely with them to make sure that they are included in the decisions being made.

“They have a voice,” he said, “I think the voice could probably be stronger.”

Borofsky said he intends on doing “listening sessions” with faculty soon, and with students in the fall to identify challenges.

During Borofsky’s on campus interview, he identified one of these challenges by asking his student tour guide about her perspective of Loyola. When he asked her what she would change, she answered that there could be better communication between the administration and student body he said.

“I want to be able to remove barriers,” Borofsky said. “I want to spend some time figuring out what those are so that our faculty can do what they need to in the classroom to help our students be successful.”

Borofsky said he already sees success at Loyola. The two things he says he likes most about the university so far are the quality of faculty and staff and the strength of Loyola’s Jesuit mission.

Borofsky succeeds former university provost Marc Manganaro. Manganero was committed to shared governance and valued the voice of faculty during his time at Loyola, Underwood said.

“Although we appear to be in a good place now with Dr. Borofsky on board as our Interim Provost, much of the transition has been opaque,” Underwood said.