November 17, 2011
Kathleen M. McGillycuddy, Chair
Boston College Board of Trustees
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Dear Mrs. McGillycuddy:
My name is Steven Lively and I am proud alum of Boston College. Included herein are my reflections, which are supported by a host of dissatisfied fellow alums, regarding the precipitous down-turn our football program and, more importantly, the Athletic Department in recent years. I love Boston College, and am concerned that current and future generations of students, parents, alumni and others who have enjoyed Boston College football, and other sports will not, unless change is enacted soon, have that opportunity in the future.
1. The steady decline of a historic and significant economic base for the university.
2. The steady decline of the football program.
3. Loss of BC Football Alum financial support for the university.
4. Loss of significant BC Football fan base.
5. Declining BC Football ticket sales.
6. Anger at and resentment of our Athletic Director.
7. A shifting away from a traditional athletic director’s role to that of fundraiser.
8. Concern that there may be a self serving motivation to receive higher compensation on the part of Athletic Directors, i.e. surcharging.
In closing, I ask that you and members of the Board investigate and make your decision. I have provided my contact information below. Thank you for the attention that you will give this most important matter.
Steven R. Lively,
1983 Graduate & Boston College Football Alum
Office Contact Number: XXX-XXX-XXXX
CC: Boston College Board of Trustees Members
Father William P. Leahy, S.J., President
Dineen A. Riviezzo, President Boston College Alumni Association Boston College Football Alumni
What I find interesting is that they are taking this directly to the Board instead of routing it through Gene or even Father Leahy. As we know there is a perception -- right or wrong -- that Gene can do whatever he wants and doesn't welcome feedback. Bypassing him ensures that the Board knows that there are real problems.