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President's Council members sharing guidance and exchanging ideas with students and young alumni at the Executive Leadership Series

Established in 2004, the Fordham University President’s Council is a group of successful professionals and philanthropists who are committed to mentoring Fordham’s future leaders, funding key initiatives, and raising the University’s profile.

"The President’s Council has a remarkable impact on the life and mission of the University. Its support of the Founder’s Dinner has enabled us to build an endowment to support our Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Its programs and events allow our students to meet and learn from wise and loving mentors. The council is integral to helping us realize the ambitious dreams we have for Fordham."

- Joseph M. McShane, SJ, President of Fordham University

 

 

President's Council News

With Intimate Ceremony, Fordham Community Celebrates First-Generation Graduates

With Intimate Ceremony, Fordham Community Celebrates First-Generation Graduates

A group of Fordham deans, alumni, and current seniors gathered in the Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon in early May to celebrate an upcoming milestone: On May 21, those seniors will all become the first members of their families to graduate from college. Organized by Marisa Villani, senior assistant dean for [...]

‘Like Repeating My History’: A Story of Scholarship Giving

‘Like Repeating My History’: A Story of Scholarship Giving

One day in the mid-1960s, when he was a student in high school, James Flaherty walked in the door of his Brooklyn home and found an envelope from Fordham waiting. Inside was jubilation—“I opened it, and I probably yelled or shouted or something,” he said. To him, Fordham was “what a university was supposed to [...]

Errol Pierre Is Promoting Health Equity Through Mentorship, Education

Errol Pierre Is Promoting Health Equity Through Mentorship, Education

Errol Pierre hasn’t been a student at Fordham since 2005, but as the years go by, he feels more connected to the University—and more passionate about facilitating change in the Bronx—than ever. As the senior vice president of state programs for Healthfirst, the largest nonprofit health insurance company in New York, he works daily with [...]

Fordham Alumni Recognized Among Top 50 Cybersecurity Leaders

Fordham Alumni Recognized Among Top 50 Cybersecurity Leaders

The Consulting Report has named two Fordham graduates to its list of “The Top 50 Cybersecurity Leaders of 2021,” describing them and their fellow honorees as “some of the most experienced and forward-thinking” executives and consultants in the field. Rocco Grillo, FCRH ’89, is a managing director in the New York office of Alvarez & [...]

‘It’s A Full-Time Job Getting A Job’: Successful Alumni Share Advice

‘It’s A Full-Time Job Getting A Job’: Successful Alumni Share Advice

Some of Fordham’s top alumni shared their secrets to success with senior students and recent graduates at the President’s Council Kickoff Reception and Executive Leadership Series Mentoring Event at the Lincoln Center campus on Oct. 21.  The annual event is an opportunity for seasoned alumni to mentor their younger counterparts—both recent grads and students. The [...]

Mario Gabelli Offers Advice, Insights to First-Year Gabelli School Students

Mario Gabelli Offers Advice, Insights to First-Year Gabelli School Students

Periods of uncertainty provide an important chance to learn and grow. That was one of the messages Mario Gabelli, 1965 graduate of the school that now bears his name, shared with first-year Gabelli School of Business students at a welcome event on Sept. 28. Gabelli, a philanthropist, investor, and Chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, [...]

At Executive Leadership Series Event, Fordham Alumni Offer Students Tips on Making It in New York City

At Executive Leadership Series Event, Fordham Alumni Offer Students Tips on Making It in New York City

The combination of a Jesuit education with a New Yorker’s tenacity and sense of purpose is what helps Fordham graduates stand out in the job market. That’s according to three members of the Fordham University President’s Council—Maureen Beshar, FCLC ’86, Errol Pierre, GABELLI ’05, and Ed Sisk, FCRH ’85—who shared their stories and experiences with [...]

Alumni Association Recognizes Extended Fordham ‘Ramilies’ During Virtual Toast

Alumni Association Recognizes Extended Fordham ‘Ramilies’ During Virtual Toast

On the eve of the University-wide Commencement videocast, following a week of diploma ceremonies at Rose Hill, Fordham took some time to honor some special members of its Ramily with the Legacy and Parents’ Leadership Council Virtual Toast. The May 21 event, hosted by the Fordham University Alumni Association (FUAA), recognized alumni with a graduating [...]

In ‘Magis Minute’ Project, Rams Reflect on What Fordham’s Jesuit Mission Means to Them

In ‘Magis Minute’ Project, Rams Reflect on What Fordham’s Jesuit Mission Means to Them

This past summer, Fordham launched an initiative asking people a simple question: Can you take a minute to reflect? In short, self-recorded videos—most are about two minutes long—respondents discuss how they live Fordham’s mission in their careers and personal lives, how it inspires them to engage with the issues of our time, and more.  Cultivating [...]

Anne Williams-Isom Appointed to Fordham’s Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare

Anne Williams-Isom Appointed to Fordham’s Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare

Anne Williams-Isom, FCLC ’86, CEO of the anti-poverty organization Harlem Children’s Zone, has been named to the James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies at the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS). Her appointment will begin Sept. 1. The chair is named for the late James Dumpson, a social worker, professor, and administrator who [...]

Fordham Raises Record-Breaking $2.66 Million for Founder’s Scholarships

Fordham Raises Record-Breaking $2.66 Million for Founder’s Scholarships

The University raised $2,658,795 this year for the Fordham Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund—the largest amount raised since the Fordham Founder’s Dinner was initiated in 2002. Though the 2020 dinner, which was to be held on March 30 at the New York Hilton Midtown, had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the funds raised [...]