Announcement from Father Shanley
Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. issued the following statement to the College community on Saturday afternoon.
I wanted to share with you today’s developments as they relate to Providence College’s membership in the Big East Conference, of which the College has been a founding member since 1979.
Earlier today, presidents representing the seven Big East basketball-focused colleges and universities – Providence, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova – voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established. In the current context of national athletic conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new foundation for our intercollegiate athletics that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.
Providence College is proud and honored to be associated with the outstanding group of institutions that have made up the Big East Conference and with the administrators, coaches and students who represent these schools. They are extraordinary competitors and we have benefited from the talent, skills and dedication they have brought to our community.
The College has always been and continues to be extremely proud of our student athletes. We are grateful for the guidance and leadership provided by our coaches and by Athletic Director Bob Driscoll. PC’s student athletes excel academically as well as in athletic competition. The graduation rate for our student athletes is at a very high level and our teams continue to compete at the highest levels of their sport, as was evidenced by the Women’s Cross Country Team finishing second in the country at the recent NCAA Championship Meet in Louisville, KY.
Through this continued excellence in the classroom, and on the court and field, Providence College’s student athletes represent a history and a tradition of excellence. That tradition and excellence is part of the very core of who we are as an institution and how we are perceived in our home community as well as on a regional and national level. The tradition will continue as we transition to this new foundation and to the benefits it will yield for our athletic programs and for our entire College community.
As you might imagine, there are still myriad details that need to be worked through. I will continue to keep you abreast of things as the various issues are resolved and more information is available.
-Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.