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

President Tetlow Discusses Challenges Facing Higher Education

President Tetlow Discusses Challenges Facing Higher Education

Tania Tetlow, President of Fordham University, talks with Steve Adubato about her role as Fordham’s first female president, and ways to meet the pressing challenges facing higher education. Click here to watch the interview.

The Faith Power 100: New York’s most influential religious leaders

The Faith Power 100: New York’s most influential religious leaders

City & State 12-05-2022 This past summer, Tania Tetlow became the first layperson and woman in the 181-year existence of Fordham University, a prominent Jesuit institution, to hold the presidential seat – and it’s not her first rodeo. Click here to read the full article.

President Tetlow Speaks to ABC News on Affirmative Action

President Tetlow Speaks to ABC News on Affirmative Action

President Tetlow spoke with ABC News regarding race-based college admissions ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of affirmative action. “When we have groups missing [from campus], we know we’re missing some of our best and brightest… [diversity]is something our own students demand, but also is such a big part of their education. “There’s something …

#AcademicTwitter Will Endure—for Now

#AcademicTwitter Will Endure—for Now

President Tetlow and other academics who tweet weigh the opportunity costs of leaving Twitter while looking into other social media platforms. But few are fleeing the digital gathering space in which they have invested so much—at least not yet. Click here to read the full article.

Tania Tetlow vows to fight for social justice at Fordham inauguration

Tania Tetlow vows to fight for social justice at Fordham inauguration

America Magazine 10-17-2022 Tania Tetlow was sworn in as the 33rd president of Fordham University, the first layperson and first woman to assume the role. She was appointed in February and takes over from Joseph M. McShane, S.J., who has led Fordham since 2003. Click here to read the full article.

US Catholic Leaders of Today 2022: Education

US Catholic Leaders of Today 2022: Education

US Catholic Leaders of Today 2022: Education Catholic Herald 10-01-2022 Tania Tetlow is the 33rd president of Fordham University – the first layperson and woman to hold that office. She had been the 17th president of Loyola University New Orleans where she was the first woman and layperson to lead Loyola since the Society of …

In a First, Fordham Will be Led by a Woman, Not a Catholic Priest

In a First, Fordham Will be Led by a Woman, Not a Catholic Priest

The New York Times 02-10-22 Fordham University, one of the most prominent Jesuit universities in the United States, announced its new president on Thursday, unveiling a choice that breaks with tradition in two significant ways: For the first time in its nearly 200-year history, the school will be led by a lay woman instead of …

In an apocalyptic age of polarization, Catholic leaders must not shy away from the healing language of faith

In an apocalyptic age of polarization, Catholic leaders must not shy away from the healing language of faith

By Tania Tetlow America Magazine 08-18-2022 I took an unusual path to serving as a Catholic lay leader, a path that may have helped me understand the importance of Catholic leadership at this difficult moment in our history. As a youthful act of rebellion, I did not go to a Catholic university. After all, I …

Presidencies of Firsts

Presidencies of Firsts

Two storied Jesuit institutions, the College of Holy Cross and Fordham Universities, have their first lay presidents. But Vincent Rougeau and Tania Tetlow are also both trained lawyers and each one respectively is the first Black president and first woman president to lead their institutions. Michael and Jeff welcome Vince and Tania to the podcast. …

Tania Tetlow named Fordham University’s first non-Jesuit president

Tania Tetlow named Fordham University’s first non-Jesuit president

America magazine 02-10-22 Tania Tetlow, who in 2018 became the first woman and first layperson to serve as president of Loyola University New Orleans, is set to repeat history. A Harvard-trained lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Ms. Tetlow on Thursday was appointed the next president of Fordham University in New York. Click here to read …

Fordham University names first woman as president

Fordham University names first woman as president

The Hill 02-10-22 Tania Tetlow has been named the first woman and layperson to be president of Fordham University in New York City. In a statement on Thursday, Fordham’s Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Daleo said that Tetlow was unanimously elected to become the university’s next president. Click here to read the full article.