Suffolk University and its President, James McCarthy, jointly announce that McCarthy is leaving to pursue consulting and business opportunities. “The timing is right,” McCarthy said. “Having accomplished much to date and with more long-term work ahead for the University, the beginning of a new academic year is a good point to begin the transition to the University's next leadership.”

In his nearly three years leading Suffolk University, President McCarthy worked closely with the University's Board of Trustees, faculty, students and administrators to advance a series of issues critical to the University's continued success, including completing a comprehensive strategic plan, launching construction on a major academic building with state-of-the-art teaching facilities for science programs, developing a comprehensive facilities master plan, reducing deferred maintenance, restructuring University leadership by establishing three new senior vice presidents and other senior offices, developing the University's first university-wide Faculty Handbook, and securing full, unconditional ten-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

President McCarthy is profoundly grateful for having the opportunity to contribute to the work of Suffolk University and for the opportunity to work with Suffolk's dedicated and talented trustees, faculty, staff and students. The trustees appreciate and are grateful for his contributions to Suffolk during his service.

McCarthy and the Board of Trustees agree that, like all universities, the challenges facing Suffolk require a long-term and intensive commitment and effort. The transition at this time will place Suffolk in the best possible position for the future. Suffolk is poised to achieve even greater accomplishments by building on more than a century of providing educational opportunities to generations of graduates.