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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.

Through leadership giving and deep engagement with the University’s students and young alumni, President’s Council members have a remarkable impact on the life and mission of the University.

By supporting the Fordham Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, they renew and strengthen Fordham’s historic commitment to making a Jesuit education more affordable and accessible to students with world-changing potential, particularly first-generation college students and those from underrepresented groups.

Today, the fund is one of the largest financial aid funds at the University. It supports a diverse group of scholars, including those who are the first in their family to attend college.

Beyond philanthropic support, council members share their time and expertise with the Fordham community, opening doors in the corporate sector for University leadership and serving as a sounding board for the president. Their mentorship helps students and young alumni become principled leaders in their own careers. And it inspires them to pass on the gifts they receive, as mentors to the next generation of Fordham Rams.

I think of you as Fordham’s Knights of the Round Table: You bring your wisdom, your contribution, your expertise—so much—to Fordham and our students.

- Tania Tetlow, President

President's Council News

Pre-Law Students Hear from Deputy Mayor and Bloomberg Exec

Pre-Law Students Hear from Deputy Mayor and Bloomberg Exec

Students in Fordham’s Pre-Law Symposium got a visit from two high-profile alumni who told them to look beyond “traditional” legal careers. In their Feb. 21 talk, Anne Williams-Isom, FCLC ’86, deputy NYC mayor for Health and Human Services, and Catherine Blaney, FCLC ’86, development lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies, encouraged students to consider opportunities in government, [...]

Finance Exec Offers Gabelli Graduate Students Insights on AI, Investment

Finance Exec Offers Gabelli Graduate Students Insights on AI, Investment

Veteran financial executive Peter Zangari, Ph.D., FCRH ’89, has some advice for students pursuing graduate degrees in business analytics and information technology, and it may surprise you. You don’t need to dive headfirst into computer science and programming to succeed in those spaces, he told students in the Gabelli School of Business during a talk [...]

Don’t Be Afraid to Make That First Call: Fordham Alumni Provide Mentorship and Advice

Don’t Be Afraid to Make That First Call: Fordham Alumni Provide Mentorship and Advice

Jason Caldwell, GABELLI ’10, ’17, GSAS ’11, said that one of his biggest pieces of advice to students entering the job market is not to be afraid to make that first call or send that email. When It’s Fordham Students, ‘I Always Answer’ “I get emails or LinkedIn requests from at least two Fordham students [...]

Fordham LGBTQ+ Student Wellness Fund Attracts Strong Support

Fordham LGBTQ+ Student Wellness Fund Attracts Strong Support

In April, when Fordham hosted the Ignatian Q conference, attended by students from Fordham and 13 other Jesuit colleges and universities, it was a joyous occasion for the University’s LGBTQ+ community. With its focus on activism, spirituality, and justice, it “breathed life into the conversation around LGBT life on campus,” said one student organizer, Ben [...]

Ignatian Q Conference Advances LGBTQ Inclusion and Equality

Ignatian Q Conference Advances LGBTQ Inclusion and Equality

It was an event that fostered connection and hope—and moved some student to tears. On the weekend of April 21 to 23, students from 14 Jesuit colleges and universities came to Fordham for Ignatian Q, a conference emphasizing community, spirituality, and ways of achieving full inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ students on their campuses. The [...]

Ancient and Fragile: The Rare Beauty of Southeast Asia’s Rainforests

Ancient and Fragile: The Rare Beauty of Southeast Asia’s Rainforests

Inspired by the memory of a Jesuit’s decades-old photo albums—and Pope Francis’ call to “care for our common home”—wildlife photographer and conservationist Michael Patrick Davidson spent a month amid the biodiverse, endangered forests of Southeast Asia. He returned with a commitment to share what he learned. Enter the lowland rainforests of Malaysian Borneo, and you [...]

‘I Had a World-Class Education’: Ahead of the Class of 1973’s Golden Jubilee, Mary Anne Sullivan Reflects on a Groundbreaking Era

‘I Had a World-Class Education’: Ahead of the Class of 1973’s Golden Jubilee, Mary Anne Sullivan Reflects on a Groundbreaking Era

Taking a walk down Fifth Avenue with her husband after Fordham’s annual Founder’s Dinner last month, Mary Anne Sullivan thought back to her days as a student at Thomas More College, when she’d taken so many similar walks, relishing the city as much as the Rose Hill campus. Now, as she helps plan this year’s [...]

Businesses Value Liberal Arts Majors, Alumni Tell Students

Businesses Value Liberal Arts Majors, Alumni Tell Students

Despite recent talk about “the end of the English major” and declining interest in the humanities, studies have shown that the hallmarks of a liberal arts education—like breadth of knowledge and the ability to think critically and communicate clearly—translate to the qualities that employers value. “That richness of thought and perspectives really helps our work,” [...]

Marcella Barry Is Passionate About Helping Students Succeed

Marcella Barry Is Passionate About Helping Students Succeed

A New Jersey native, Marcella Barry, FCRH ’92, GSE ’96, knew she wanted to stay in the tri-state area for college, but it was Fordham’s strong Jesuit tradition, its New York City location, and its expansive network that really pulled her in. It’s a decision she’s never regretted making. To this day, she thanks the University for [...]

Cycle of Scholarship Giving Continues, Advancing Diversity in Business

Cycle of Scholarship Giving Continues, Advancing Diversity in Business

As a high school senior in Garden Grove, California, Cindy Vojtech, Ph.D., was leaning toward Fordham because it checked all the boxes—a Catholic university, small classes, a strong business program, NCAA Division I status, and the opportunity to go away for college. And then came the news of the full scholarship she had been awarded. [...]

‘Find Your Passion and Dive In, But Don’t Be Afraid to Pivot’: President’s Council Members Share Career Advice at Annual Mentoring Event

‘Find Your Passion and Dive In, But Don’t Be Afraid to Pivot’: President’s Council Members Share Career Advice at Annual Mentoring Event

More than 100 Fordham alumni and students gathered at the Lincoln Center campus on Nov. 16 for the annual President’s Council Executive Leadership Series Mentoring Event—an opportunity for young alumni and members of the council to share insights and advice with seniors and recent graduates from across Fordham’s undergraduate colleges. The event included a reception [...]