It's only been 18 months or so, but I've started to give Brad Bates a lot of leash. Maybe it's because he doesn't spend his time buried away in offices an luxury boxes. His predecessor did a lot of good for BC, let's not completely wipe that all under the rug, but much of it was around handshakes for big wigs.
My favorite moment to date was this weekend - at the Race to Educate 5k (a benefit for St. Columbkille down in Brighton), the host was looking for Bates to be an official starter and say some words. He walks up, lets the guy know he's running with the crowd so he can't and to let someone else do it.
He's no slouch either - clocked in just around 25 minutes.
Look up during that event, too, and you'll see lots of other faces from the department. Student-Athletes lined the course as traffic drivers and water stations; several more ran; Jim Christian was on the sidelines looming over the start. This was a department effort to support something far from campus and it was definitely appreciated.
BC's relationship with St. Columbkille is an important one that doesn't get a lot of attention. Make sure to read up on that, too.