Office of the President

Father Joseph McShane Portrait 516

Father McShane to Step Down as President of Fordham in June 2022

Tania Tetlow Named President of Fordham; First Layperson to Lead the University

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., who has led Fordham University for nearly two decades, fostering one of the most remarkable periods of sustained growth in the 180-year history of the Jesuit University of New York and providing steady, decisive stewardship amid the coronavirus pandemic, has announced his intention to step down as president at the conclusion of the academic year, on June 30, 2022. Learn more about the outgoing President.

Tania Tetlow, J.D., a former law professor and current president of Loyola University New Orleans who has deep ties to the Jesuits and New York, has been named the 33rd president of Fordham. She will be the first layperson and first woman to lead the University in its 181-year history. Her tenure will begin July 1, 2022. Learn more about the New President

We are an ambitious university.

And we come by our ambitious nature honestly. We are a community of what we Jesuits call the magis, the more, the greater glory of God, the greater and ever more restless and wondering exploration of what it means to be a human being, and of greater service to the human family.

We are honored to serve generations of new alumni who will be entrusted with finding solutions to future challenges that today we cannot foresee. We will continue to open our students' minds and touch their hearts, so that they will be bothered by injustice, fascinated by society's challenges, and endlessly haunted by the suspicion that there is more to be learned—about life, about themselves, and about the mysteries of the human heart.

—Joseph M. McShane, S.J.

Father McShane Addresses Faculty at Convocation
Father McShane at Commencement
Father McShane Gives Directions on Opening Day

Messages from the President

A Virtual Toast: 2021 Founder’s Reception Celebrates Student Success

A Virtual Toast: 2021 Founder’s Reception Celebrates Student Success

The Fordham Founder’s scholars and some of their biggest benefactors gathered online from their homes across the country on March 22, raising their glasses in celebration of the evening’s theme: Still Learning, Thriving, and Dreaming with Your Support. “It has been, as we New Yorkers would say, ‘a hell of a year.’ And yet, we, …

2020 State of the University Address by Father McShane

2020 State of the University Address by Father McShane

What follows is the text of Father McShane’s fall 2020 State of the University address, as prepared for remote delivery to the University community on Sept. 10. Welcome back. Welcome to the opening of the 180th academic year in the University’s history, a year that promises to be one of the most challenging years (if …

A Day of Prayer and Reflection in Observance of Juneteenth

A Day of Prayer and Reflection in Observance of Juneteenth

Dear Members of the Fordham Family, I write to you this evening to inform you that Friday, June 19, will be a paid holiday for all Fordham employees this year, and every year thereafter, in observance of Juneteenth, the date upon which news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas. It was on June 19, 1865, …

A Message from Father McShane | Statement on the Death of George Floyd

A Message from Father McShane | Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Dear Members of the Fordham Family, It is with a heavy and (let me be honest here) angry heart that I write to you today. I suspect that your hearts are also angry and heavy with sorrow. And how could we not be angry, dismayed and sorrowful at this moment? In the course of the …

Author Mary Higgins Clark, Alumna and Former Trustee, Dies at 92

Author Mary Higgins Clark, Alumna and Former Trustee, Dies at 92

Mary Higgins Clark, FCLC ’79, a former Fordham trustee and prolific writer known worldwide as the “Queen of Suspense,” died on Jan. 31 at age 92. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, said she died of natural causes “surrounded by loving family and friends” in Naples, Florida. Clark’s page-turners—filled with relatable, often female protagonists—sold more than …

Gabelli School of Business Celebrates Centennial

Gabelli School of Business Celebrates Centennial

In a space where models often show off the latest fashions, the Gabelli School of Business strutted its stuff on Tuesday night as it celebrated its 100th birthday in grand style. The event, the first of a series dedicated to the centennial, was held at the Times Square headquarters of PVH Corp., the parent company …

Middle Schoolers Visit Fordham for Catholic Schools Week

Middle Schoolers Visit Fordham for Catholic Schools Week

Hundreds of middle school students made their way to the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses on Jan. 27 and 28, respectively, for Mass, a campus tour, and pizza delivered straight from the University kitchen. For the fourth year in a row, they celebrated National Catholic Schools Week at Fordham, thanks to the Graduate School …

Fordham Founder’s Dinner Raises Nearly $2.6 Million for Scholarships

Fordham Founder’s Dinner Raises Nearly $2.6 Million for Scholarships

The University’s Founder’s scholars and biggest benefactors came together on March 25 for Fordham’s signature annual fundraising event: the 18th annual Fordham Founder’s Dinner. The gala raised nearly $2.6 million for the Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund—the second highest amount in Founder’s history. More than 1,000 alumni and friends of Fordham attended the black-tie affair at …

Horror in New Zealand

Horror in New Zealand

Dear Members of the Fordham Family, By now you have likely heard the heartbreaking and gruesome news about the killings of 49 people (and the wounding of at least 20 others) in two New Zealand mosques last night, allegedly by an avowed white supremacist who put out an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim manifesto just before the shootings. …

Fordham Taps Seasoned Educator to Be New Provost

Fordham Taps Seasoned Educator to Be New Provost

Dennis C. Jacobs, Ph.D., has been named Fordham’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, announced on Jan. 14. His appointment will begin on July 1, 2019. Jacobs comes to Fordham from Santa Clara University, a Jesuit university in California, where he has served as provost and …

Fordham Acquires Met’s Reproduction of Sistine Chapel Fresco

Fordham Acquires Met’s Reproduction of Sistine Chapel Fresco

For a recent exhibition, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art created a quarter-scale reproduction of Michelangelo’s 1,754-square-foot Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco. After the exhibit closed in February, the reproduction was carefully taken down and packed away. In November, it was given a new home in Fordham’s Butler Commons on the Rose …