The 33rd President of Fordham University

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The Inauguration of Tania Tetlow

On Oct. 14, 2022, Tania Tetlow was formally inaugurated as Fordham’s 33rd president, making history as the first layperson and first woman to lead the University.

President Tetlow in the News

Spring Hill College Announces Tania Tetlow, President of Fordham University, as 2024 Commencement Speaker

Spring Hill College Announces Tania Tetlow, President of Fordham University, as 2024 Commencement Speaker

President Tetlow will address the Spring Hill College Class of 2024 during their commencement ceremony on May 11th. Tetlow is the 33rd president of Fordham, becoming the first woman and layperson to serve in this position. Read full story here.

Not a Priest, Not a Man, but Ready to Run Fordham

Not a Priest, Not a Man, but Ready to Run Fordham

President Tetlow was featured on Jan. 28, 2024, in The New York Times about serving as the first woman and layperson to lead the University in its 182-year history. “Being a university president is a tough job on a good day,” Ms. Tetlow said recently. “I think we’re all feeling fragile right now. These are …

Tania Tetlow: Fordhams’s 33rd President Imparts Her Wisdom to Bronx Science

Tania Tetlow: Fordhams’s 33rd President Imparts Her Wisdom to Bronx Science

With a remarkable history in law, education, administration, and Jesuism, Tetlow spoke to the students and faculty of Bronx Science this past October 25th, 2023. During her 40-minute interview, she gave insight beyond just her career and journey to becoming Fordham’s president, as her wise words apply not just to college but to life. Read …

A New Era of Jesuit University Leadership – A Conversation with the President of Fordham University, Tania Tetlow

A New Era of Jesuit University Leadership – A Conversation with the President of Fordham University, Tania Tetlow

In this episode of Boston College’s Religion and American Life podcast, Mark Massa, S.J., interviews the first non-Jesuit and female President of Fordham University, Tania Tetlow. Join us as President Tetlow discusses the gifts and challenges of entering her leadership position, the benefits of a Jesuit education, and the unique obstacles and opportunities presented to …

Meritocracy, Opportunity, and Making a Difference

Meritocracy, Opportunity, and Making a Difference

Volt Magazine sat down recently with President Tania Tetlow to discuss meritocracy in the American education system and the importance of a well-rounded education in developing opportunity. President Tetlow served as a law professor and an assistant U.S. attorney before leading Loyola University New Orleans, and now Fordham University. When asked by Volt about her professional …

President Tetlow Reflects on SCOTUS Decision, Jesuit Mission

President Tetlow Reflects on SCOTUS Decision, Jesuit Mission

The U.S. Supreme Court effectively ended the use of race-conscious college admissions in June, and now U.S. Jesuit institutions are looking for new ways to advance their mission and champion diversity. Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education interviewed three presidents of Jesuit institutions—each of them legal scholars—to discuss the decision and how to move forward in …

Opening Day at Fordham University

Opening Day at Fordham University

WPIX 11 was on hand to capture Opening Day 2023 on both Fordham campuses and to get President Tania Tetlow’s advice for new students and their parents:  “For students, it’s just to realize that pretty soon they won’t remember not feeling at home here. … For parents, it’s to let them go, as painful as …

Catholic universities say the end of affirmative action threatens their values and religious liberty

Catholic universities say the end of affirmative action threatens their values and religious liberty

The head of Fordham University said in a letter to the campus community, as “a university president—and a law professor who focused on the constitutional guarantee of equal protection—I am both disappointed and determined to find a path forward.” Writing that the school had been “preparing for this moment all year,” Fordham President Tania Tetlow …

Catholic LGBTQ conference talks controversies, but focuses on affirmation, love

Catholic LGBTQ conference talks controversies, but focuses on affirmation, love

Tania Tetlow, Fordham’s president, set the tenor for the Outreach conference with a simple but meaningful opening line. “I am here to tell you that you are loved, bathed in the overwhelming love and acceptance of God,” she said at the beginning of her June 16 keynote address. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article …

WCS Wild Audio: Earth Day Inspiration From Pope Francis On How To Frame Our Future

WCS Wild Audio: Earth Day Inspiration From Pope Francis On How To Frame Our Future

“The point of free will is we make our messes and we clean them up,” said Fordham President Tania Tetlow. “That is what we are charged with doing and it’s just a very proud part of our identity as a Jesuit Catholic institution.”  Partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fordham has embraced its Framing Our …

To Speak or Not to Speak?

To Speak or Not to Speak?

As Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida state legislature have raced to re-shape higher education in the state with bills restricting DEI efforts, limiting tenure protections, and banning the teaching of controversial subjects, the silence from Florida’s public college leaders has been deafening. None have spoken out against what experts see as serious violations of …