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Charles Beirne, S.J. Collection
Dates: 1999-2007
Creator: Charles Beirne
Record Series: 494


Tatyana V. Popovic Archives & Special Collections
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214

Extent: 4 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language of Materials: English


Rev. Charles J. Beirne was Le Moyne College’s eleventh president, serving from June of 2000 to May of 2007. Beirne was well invested in Central American politics, and served as academic vice president at Universidad Centroamericana in San Salvodor following the murder of six Jesuit priests. During Beirne’s tenure at Le Moyne, he initiated a comprehensive five-year strategic plan, developed a new mission statement, and worked toward the development of an architectural master plan for the campus. The collection includes reflections of his time in Central America, insight in his appointment as president of Le Moyne College, and his accomplishments at Le Moyne.


Biographical Notes

Rev. Charles J. Beirne was born on September 23, 1938. A New Jersey native, he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1969. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Fordham University and his doctorate in education from University of Chicago. He served as a principal at Regis High School in New York City and Colegio San Ignacio in Puerto Rico; as an associate dean at Georgetown University Business School; and he was an academic vice president at Santa Clara University.


In 1990, six Jesuit priests, who were close friends of Beirne, were killed while working at Universidad Centroamericana in San Salvodor. Shortly after the murders, Beirne was asked to serve as academic vice president, succeeding the Rev Ignacio Martin Baro, one of Beirne’s close friends whom he spoke to shortly before he was killed. His assignment at the school was risky and dangerous – rebels were at first thought to be blamed for the murders, but it was soon revealed that members of the Salvadoran army were responsible for their deaths. Not intimidated, Beirne sought for the truth behind the murders of his colleagues. Additionally, during his tenure at the school, Beirne served as an advisor to the United States, assisting the U.S. government with readjusting foreign policy that Beirne believed was misguided.


In 1994, Father Beirne transferred to Unversidad Rafael Landivar, where he was appointed the academic vice president. In 2000, he was appointed by Le Moyne College to serve as president. Beirne was an instrumental force behind revising the college’s mission statement, initiating a Facilities Master Plan, and raising funds as part of a capital campaign. Beirne resigned from Le Moyne College in 2007 to assist establishing the first Jesuit University in Africa.


Scope and Content

The Charles Beirne collection is stored in eight archival boxes, and is arranged by subject and chronologically. The collection includes correspondence, newspapers, financial documents, memos, emails, videotape, and audiotape. The documents provide information about his experiences in Central America, his work as Le Moyne College’s administrator, his revision of the college’s mission statement and his development of strategic and master planning, and his political advocacy. Also included in the collection is an audiotape and videotape of interviews with Father Beirne.



Preferred Citation

Charles Beirne, S.J. Collection, 1999-2007, Record Series 494, Le Moyne College Archives, Box Number, Shelf Number, Folder Number.





Arrangement was completed by Father William Bosch, S.J. The finding aid was written by Dane Flansburgh in November 2012.


494.1: Presidential Search and Beirne Appointment
494.10: Publicity and Awards
494.10.1: Contact with Notables
494.11: Speeches/Homiles/Panels
494.12: Notices/Statements
494.13: Resumes/Biographies
494.14: Political Contacts/Advocacy
494.15: Resignation -- 2007
494.16: Date Books
494.17: History Publications
494.18: Death and Funeral
494.2: Inauguration, 11/19/02
492.3: Letters, Correspondence
494.3.1: President's Papers
494.4: Adminstrative File
494.4.1: Administrative Files -- Trustees/Regents
494.4.2: Adminstrative Files -- Administration Council
494.4.3: Adminstrative Files -- Academic Vice President
494.4.4: Adminstrative Files -- Student Development V.P.
494.4.5: Adminstrative Files -- Financial Vice President
494.4.6: Adminstrative Files -- Institutional Advancement
494.4.7: Adminstrative Files -- Informational Tech.
494.4.8: Adminstrative Files -- Faculty Senate
494.4.9: Enrollment Management
494.5.1: Mission Statement, 2000-2001
494.5.2: Master Plan, 2002-
494.5.3: Strategic Plan, 2001
494.5.4: Regional Alumni Chapters
494.5.5: "Ex Corde Ecclesiae"
494.5.6: "Charlie's Angels" -- Service Volunteers
494.5.7: Syracuse 20/20 Metropolitan Development Association
494.5.8: Activities
494.6: Articles
494.7: Personal
494.7.1: 50th Anniversary as Jesuit
494.7.2: Jesuit and Priest
494.8: Central America
494.9: Interviews
494.99: Archived Email